How do you do a leg yield? (Dressage Mastery TV Ep 281)

How do you do a leg yield?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “How do you do a leg yield?”

Leg yield is super, super important if you want to be a dressage rider or ride a dressage horse, because it’s the basic building block of everything. Look at me, I’m doing this. You’ve got to be able to move your horse left and right. And the leg yield is the starting blocks of that.

The leg yield means that the horse is parallel. So here’s the horse parallel, and if you watch even in the mirror or whatever it is, the shoulders don’t go out of the hind legs.

 

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Hey, Dressage Superstars! Today I’m going to answer the question, how do you do a leg yield?

Now, leg yield is super, super important if you want to be a dressage rider or ride a dressage horse, because it’s the basic building block of everything. Look at me, I’m doing this. You’ve got to be able to move your horse left and right. And the leg yield is the starting blocks of that.

So, the very first thing that you need for a leg yield is that the horse understands when I put this leg on, it moves that way. So if I put this leg on, you’ll see he goes that way. And when I put this leg on, he goes that way. That is step one.

Sure, you’ve got to control the shoulder. Sure, you’ve got to control the rhythm. Sure, you’ve got to control the connection. Sure, you’ve got to control, control, control, control, control, control. Which is why I love the leg yield for any rider, including me, because it’s the … show me someone that can leg yield with complete precision with nothing changing. The contact doesn’t change, the rhythm doesn’t change, the pace doesn’t change, nothing changes, and I go, “That’s a very, very skilled rider.”

Especially if I can say, “Do a leg yield from M to E, then M to V, and M to K,” and they can control the line and control where they want their leg yield to go. It’s just the utmost control.

But you’ve got to start somewhere, yeah? So the first thing is just teach your horse to move off the leg. That is step one. And then, obviously we build on that. But I remember when I was starting to leg yield, I didn’t even get taught that. It was like, “Okay, what we want you to do … ” I’d find the three quarter line, which is this. And then they would say, “Leg yield to the wall.” And I’d go, “Okay, I’ve got to go to the wall.” And this is what would happen. Do you see what’s happening? I am not leg yielding. The horse just walked to the wall. That’s not a leg yield.

The leg yield means that the horse is parallel. So here’s the horse parallel, and if you watch even in the mirror or whatever it is, the shoulders don’t go out of the hind legs. Whoops, there I lost it for a second. And that is why a leg yield is so cool, even for someone … I’m a Grand Prix Dressage rider and I lost his shoulder for a second.

That is the whole point of leg yield, to be able to go, “I’m going to get this horse to move sideways.” So let me do it again. Three quarter line, I’m going to get this horse to move sideways, but he’s going to have to stay parallel, and you see? He throws his shoulder. So I’m actually going to leg yield him back and say, “Don’t throw your shoulder there. Stay between my two hands and just move sideways. That’s better. That’s better. That’s better.”

You don’t want the quarters to lead either, that’s not parallel. And that’s the thing, you’ve got your quarters leading, you’ve got your shoulders leading, you’ve got everything leading. Now, that’s obviously where you want to get to, and I don’t want overwhelm you guys. Just start, the first step is, can your horse … does your horse understand when you put this leg on it moves sideways? And when you put this leg on it moves sideways.

Step one class for today. Enjoy your riding.

If today’s episode gave you huge value, I would love to invite you to a free class I’ve created for you to help you look and feel like a Grand Prix Dressage rider in as little as three rides per week.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a good enough horse, in secret number one I’ll tell you why that doesn’t even matter. I’ll tell you how to do it in only three rides. And I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know to make sure your doing in your riding to accelerate your results and get you to the next level.

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