Things you need to think about for a great leg yield?
Thank you very much Sue. Great demonstration riding. All right, so. The first thing that I want you to do is, and break it down. This is where most riders get it wrong, they go, oh I made all those mistakes, okay, all right, I’m going to go into the center line, and and I’m not going to make any of those mistakes. You can’t do that.
You’re learning, everybody understand? You’re learning. It’s okay. It’s okay. You know when you were learning to walk, you didn’t just go, I tried the walking thing and now I just walk. You fall on your bottom a lot. So it’s okay to do this in stages.
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Natasha: Okay, so, when you’re ready, let’s trot. And I’m not going to tell you what those things are. So I’m just going to say trot and show me your leg yield. Hopefully you make one or all three of those mistakes. Please do so, for just the ease of the video-
Sue: We’ll try our best.
Natasha: Least you go, oh no, no, no. I know how to do it. I was just in the video making the mistakes. Great. Okay. So you can do the leg yield in sitting, and from M to the center line, let’s do a leg yield. Great. And walk. Come back to me. Yep. Walk, come back.
Natasha: Yep. Great. All right. So Sue, what do you think went wrong in that leg yield?
Sue: Ah, his body wasn’t straight. He was … which way were we, were we trailing our quarters? I can’t remember-
Natasha: Yeah. Well you said the body wasn’t straight, I agree. Yep. What else happened?
Sue: We lost our rhythm.
Natasha: Very good. And the third.
Sue: Ah, what were we doing wrong?
Natasha: His connection changed and his head came up.
Sue: Oh yes, yes.
Natasha: Perfect. And they’re the three things that everyone does. So yay, high five, of course you meant to do that. Of course. Thank you very much Sue. Great demonstration riding. All right, so. The first thing that I want you to do is, and break it down. This is where most riders get it wrong, they go, oh I made all those mistakes, okay, all right, I’m going to go into the center line, and and I’m not going to make any of those mistakes. You can’t do that.
Natasha: You’re learning, everybody understand? Camera to me. You’re learning. It’s okay. It’s okay. You know when you were learning to walk, you didn’t just go, I tried the walking thing and now I just walk. You fall on your bottom a lot. So it’s okay to do this in stages. All right, so we’re going to trot and I don’t care if your rhythm goes bad. I don’t care if his head goes in the sky. I want you to stare down that mirror and make sure he stays straight.
Natasha: So control that left, no that right shoulder. Control that right shoulder. Yes. Keep it dead straight. Keep it dead straight. Keep it dead parallel. Dead parallel. Whoops. Dead parallel. Dead parallel. Dead parallel. Dead parallel. Good. Come back to me. Great.
Natasha: And what did you think? Was that better?
Sue: Yeah, it was definitely better.
Natasha: Absolutely. For, just walk for one second, just for fun. Did your rhythm get worse or better?
Sue: The rhythm was better.
Natasha: And did his head stay down better or worse?
Sue: It still came up, but I think it was more, a better balance than the first time.
Natasha: Absolutely. And I agree there was nothing perfect about that. But sometimes when you work on your basics, which is number one shoulder control, that does mean that the head normally stays a bit stiller, and it does mean that your rhythm … well, sometimes your rhythm can get even worse, which it did at the start because you were so focused on keeping the shoulder, you almost lost your trot.
Natasha: But then you know, you kind of worked with all of that, but because you focused on doing that, it kind of kept the whole package together. All right. So we’re going to trot again and I want you to try and keep two things in your head. The shoulder control and the rhythm.
Natasha: So as you come around, you know that when you really ask for shoulder control that the trot gets slower. So just make sure that that keeps forward. Whoops, whoops. Okay. Come around, turn, circle. Do it again. So what happened? You had too much rhythm. You had like too much forward trot and you didn’t get the leg yield, and you didn’t have your shoulders controlled. Yeah.
Natasha: So think about what do I have to do with my right rein? What do I have to do with my left rein? Yep. Right rein. Left rein. Straight, right rein. Yes. Yep. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter. Doesn’t matter. Good. Yeah. Come and do it again.
Natasha: Good. We’re going to do it one more time. And when I say good, I mean good try. I’m not saying that’s a great leg yield. You’re amazing. I’m saying that that’s … I can see how hard you’re working Sue, I can see how hard you’re doing everything and it’s going in the right way. Shoulders. Yep. Whoops. Watch the corners. Yeah. Yeah. Good. And have a walk.
Natasha: Good. And do you think that was your best leg yield out of the three?
Sue: It was, yep. Yep.
Natasha: Exactly. So can we only be but happy with that and if every time we train, if our leg yield gets as better as the third one did from the first one today. Will we have an eight leg yield in a month.
Sue: If you’re persistent like that, definitely.
Natasha: Beautiful. And can you just stop for one second? I’ve never told the camera. Just stop for a second. Do you want to tell everyone how old you are? And it’s not because like … you don’t have to. Do you want to give them an age range?
Sue: That’s all right, I’m 64.
Natasha: Is that amazing? Amazing. I just love this woman. I think she’s extraordinary. You know, hashtag goals for where I want to be 64 and I just think, you know, and it doesn’t matter, she comes out here. It doesn’t matter what I tell her to do. She does it.
Sue: Yeah. And yell, you got me. It’s all good.
Natasha: And it’s all with love. So I just want to thank you for doing these videos because it helps everyone at home, and-
Sue: It shows what your weekend type rider can do.
Natasha: Oh, well you do amazing. Cool. All right. See you guys.
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