It’s sort of both.
Canter cue 101 is outside leg. Watch almost every GP rider doing tempi changes, and you will see legs swinging back.
But, as the horse becomes more tuned to your leg and weight, the outside leg is more stablizing, collecting, and then it is the lifting of the inside hip, not the inside leg. So when they are finally atuned, it’s sort of a drop with the outside hip and a lifting of the inside hip to allow the horse to come up into it.
I’m JUST starting my baby and we’re JUST starting cantering. Right now it’s waiting until she’s built up some momentum, and outside leg, inside bend, cluck, and “canter” to give her the idea. We are slowly moving into sitting a few steps before in the trot, inside bend, and outside leg. It’s going to be awhile before she’s refined enough to allow me to just lift the inside hip into the canter.[/QUOTE]
I really like this description.
I’ve had this conversation with myself for eons (keeps me entertained on long car trips) because my horses cross over between hunters and dressage, and I simply can not bring myself to quit the hunter habit using the outside leg for a canter cue. I understand you need to send the new inside pair of legs forward but I just can’t cue with the inside leg. Also for resale purposes they are worth three times a much in hunterland so the canter cue needs to stay “hunter style” so that no one looks at me like, “…But how do you get it to GO…?”
So I really like the idea that as the horse gets more tuned, to switch the majority of the aid to the inside hip.
Makes total sense with the lead changes, too, sending the inside pair of legs forward with the inside hip while keeping your outside hip back to match his hips. If you bring your inside leg back your hips won’t match his, if you bring the inside hip up they will.
NOW WHAT WILL I TALK TO MYSELF ABOUT IN THE CAR?