About that canter cue, what would you do for it? It can’t be the traditional aid because sometimes I get tight and my leg slips back, so that would likely cause accidents. Any other ideas? Also, how would I keep his bond more on me/make sure he doesn’t come to like leaser more? Do you think $355 is too much for a half lease (3 days a week, and showing privileges)? My mom’s idea was to split board and farrier in half.[/QUOTE]
It is unlikely that the horse will confuse an involuntary movement from you with a canter aid. A canter aid is a pretty specific set up of weight, leg position, and rein aids, and the leg aid has a specific “hold” to it. By way of example this weekend I was riding down to the outdoor ring and saw a green head just behind my leg on the horse I was riding - I just swiped back quickly with my calf to wipe it off. The horse didn’t even change the walk rhythm because, while that was a movement, it in no way felt like an aid.
Also, as someone with a horse or two leased out myself, I think you should be rooting for your horse to loooooove his leaser to bits. It is so, so, SO rewarding for me to see a horse of mine clocking around and being awesome for someone else, whether it is my former competition horse being a lesson horse extraordinaire and lighting up the face of a student, or a different horse laying down an awesome trip with an adult. You always want your horse to be happy in his work, so root for him to have a leaser that he can really get in a groove with and rock out.
It doesn’t mean he can’t also rock out with you.