justanotherskipro, I was way into horses for a few years, but not much any more. The way Jim said it, you want to let off pressure and open up in the inside leg to give the horse the space to move that way, and urge it that direction with pressure from the outside leg. Once the horse knows you want to go left (f'r'instance), then you're off--it's a signal to the horse, just like pressure off/pressure on is a signal to the skis: Oh, I get it, she wants us to go left. It's how you communicate with the horse or the skis. Pretty cool, huh?
If you could rely on the horse's thinking, you'd call it a cow dog. A good dog is worth several mediocre men on horseback.
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Wow! That's a great nugget of advice, Mike. Thank you, I will put that in my noggin and keep it.
Slatz, that exercise was called The Hourglass (not to be confused with the variation on The Funnel) when it was taught by Shawn Smith in 1990 or so. As I recall, Arc was in our group.