What is the first step to leg yielding?

Hey Dressage Superstars! Today’s question is, “What is the first step to leg yielding?”

There’s a million other things you have to do to get a 10 leg yield, but to start with, step one, you just want to put your leg on and the horse moves away.

Any time the horse, when you ask him for a leg yield, thinks backward send them forward. They have to always be thinking forward. Then halt again and move him over to me off your left leg.

 

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Natasha Althoff:               Hey riding superstars, welcome to Train With Tash TV. Today I’m going to answer the question, how do I leg yield? What’s the first step?

Natasha Althoff:               Okay. What we’re going to work on now is a leg yield. Have you done any leg yielding before?

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               Yeah? Okay. Just as we’re walking around, you tell me, how do you get a horse to leg yield?

Student:                              You use your inside leg, or whichever leg, to move opposite. You put it back a bit.

Natasha Althoff:               Yeah. How far back?

Student:                              Only a little bit. Like-

Natasha Althoff:               Yep. Good.

Natasha Althoff:               That’s it?

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               Sorry?

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               That’s the basics of … That’s it. There’s a million other things you have to do to get a 10 leg yield, but to start with, step one, you just want to put your leg on and the horse moves away.

Student:                              Yep.

Natasha Althoff:               Yep. Cool.

Natasha Althoff:               All right. What we’re going to do is go down this 3/4 line. Well actually we’ll just go and halt on the 3/4 line. Yep. Good.

Natasha Althoff:               Then I want you to just move him off your right leg over to the left. Yeah. Look at him. Did you … Just stop. Can everyone just love this horse. Did you realize he did what you said?

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               The tiniest … Like he gave you 1%.

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               He’s just the laziest horse I’ve ever seen. “All right, you told me to move.” That’s literally what he just did. You can’t fault him-

Student:                              No because he did it.

Natasha Althoff:               He did it.

Natasha Althoff:               All right. Off your …

Student:                              Left?

Natasha Althoff:               Yep. You … And move him left and right. Okay. That’s a backward step. So okay, okay, okay. Yep. Halt again.

Natasha Althoff:               Any time the horse, when you ask him for a leg yield, thinks backward send them forward. They have to always be thinking forward. Then halt again and move him over to me off your left leg.

Natasha Althoff:               Forward, forward. Forward. Yes. Yep. Halt again. Good.

Natasha Althoff:               Now again. Make sure he’s thinking forward over. Kick him. Kick … Yes, good. Good. Good.

Natasha Althoff:               Some horses at home will be doing that so it lets people know that they have to think forward. Cool. Okay.

Natasha Althoff:               Now we’re just going to walk on the … Just walk straight. Then I want you to leg yield over to that wall, in the walk. Yep. Use your whip if you need to. Yep. Over you go, you asked once. Yep. Half halt. That’s it, that’s it. Control the shoulder. He’s bulging through the shoulder. Stop. Yep. Stop the shoulder. Just get behind to go. Yep. Keep going. Stop the shoulder. Stop the shoulder. Stop the shoulder. Good. Walk back to me. Good.

Natasha Althoff:               Stopping the shoulder just means you literally take more tension on the left rein and block the left side of his body. When you’re asking him to go sideways he’s going, “Okay.” He’s just dropping. What you want him to do is you say, “Hey, I’ve asked to go sideways and I want you to stay upright. I want you to stay upright.” You know how a motorcycle goes around the corners like this?

Student:                              Yep.

Natasha Althoff:               If you’ve ever cantered a three year old horse they do that. They just drop the shoulder and fall in. The whole job of a dressage horse is to make them upright, to make them that if this shoulder drops that can go upright. If that shoulder drops that goes upright. Leg yield is the first step of that.

Natasha Althoff:               Just walk again. Come up this 3/4 line. Lets leg yield to that wall. But you have to walk before you can run. To be able to ride a dressage horse, and be able to ride Grand Prix, and do all those kinds of things the first step is to be able to control the shoulders in a leg yield.

Student:                              Yep.

Natasha Althoff:               Good. Okay. When you’re ready. Find a straight line first. Look in the mirror. Straight. Then over you go. Make sure you don’t see his shoulders … Yeah. His hind legs have to stay behind his shoulders.

Natasha Althoff:               Whoops! Slow down. Stop the shoulders. Yep. Hind legs. Whoop! Stop the shoulder. Yes. That was a step. Yes. Yes. Good job.

Natasha Althoff:               Walk back to me.

Natasha Althoff:               Did you feel you had a bit more control there?

Student:                              Yeah, definitely.

Natasha Althoff:               Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               For everyone learning leg yield at home, that’s the first two things you want to do. Firstly in halt, if I put my leg over you move off it. If I put my leg over you move off it. Then you start on the 3/4 line and walk. Start asking the horse to go to the wall. If they drop their shoulder to the wall stop the shoulder and check that you can go parallel. You don’t move on from that. That could take you weeks or months because it’s tricky. It’s tricky to block the shoulder, isn’t it?

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               Yeah.

Student:                              Then keep him moving forward too.

Natasha Althoff:               And keep it moving forward, and keep it round, and keep it rhythmical, and keep it soft, and keep it … You know? Keeping, keeping, keeping.

Student:                              Yeah.

Natasha Althoff:               Good, good job. Thank you.

Natasha Althoff:               Any questions around that?

Student:                              No, don’t think so.

Natasha Althoff:               No? Good.

Natasha Althoff:               Today’s episode gave a huge value. I would love 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 less than … In only three rides. I’ll also tell you the secret you need to know, to make sure you’re doing in your riding, to accelerate your results and get you to the next level.

Natasha Althoff:               I can’t wait to have you in the class. It’s completely free. My gift to you. Click on the link to sign up.

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