Have you ever noticed how the turning aids of many of the top riders are amazingly effortless and practically imperceptible? And how their horses seem to turn smoothly and accurately, almost seemingly of their own accord?? It is something that all riders should be striving for, to be able to turn so easily and effectively that no one can even see the turning aids being used.
The way you turn your horse is definitely a good example of "less is more", as the stronger and more crude your turning aids are, the more resistances and loss of balance you will likely encounter. The best way to ensure a balanced, smooth turn is for the rider to keep their aids precise yet as light as possible. Here is an exercise that will help you to refine your turning aids, so that YOU can be one of those riders with effortless and invisible aids!