Feel the feet

Buck Brannaman wants his students to know where their horses' feet are - always. As a good rider we ought to control the horse's feet. We need to know where the horse is about to place them in order to give our aids at the right time. 
Our cue needs to come in at the moment the horse lifts his foot. If the foot is already on the way to the ground, if it touches the ground or even carries the weight of the horse, we have missed the crucial moment. We ask our horse to set his foot at a time when he is not able to. We will confuse and frustrate him. But once we get in time with their feet, our horses will respond much easier and lighter, because we ask for something they have no trouble giving to us.

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