Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel
Yes I consider it the "building block" but my horse and I are still figuring out how to do it
and yes I do learn new things each day.. today I learned 4 new things haha
To do leg yield - start by teaching horse from ground. Stand on left side of horse by girth. Take left rein and "bump" horse behind girth with thumb. If horse shifts weight, pat and let it know it was correct. If horse steps to the side even better. Repeat on right side.
Once horse understands both sides and reacts promptly mount. Initially you are teaching the horse to "dis-engage" it's hindquarters. So repeat same actions from it's back. Once horse "gets this" then start walking forward. When the left hind leg comes off the ground then "bump" the left leg behind the girth while bending neck enough to see inside of left eye. Sometimes it helps to squeeze right rein at same time and push right hip forward.
Repeat and switch left/right for other directions.
That's how to teach LY to horse and how to ride it.