We hear the phrase "in front of the leg" a lot in dressage. But what does it really mean?
"From the moment you apply your legs to go from walk to trot, expect the reaction to occur in the amount of time it takes you to hiccup.
This feeling of the horse being ready to react quickly is sometimes referred to as being 'in front of the leg' or 'on the aids.' While riding within any gait, you should feel as if your horse has the desire to carry himself across the ground without being constantly pushed or prodded by you."
In this article, Heidi Chote explains what it means for a horse to be "in front of the leg."