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    02-16-2010, 09:47 AM
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Yearling
What Do You Think Of his Leg Yielding?

Just wondering what you think of Oscars leg yielding?
I think its brilliant condsidering he's only started properly doing it this year! And he's 17.1hh so its taken a while for him to figure out were is legs are and how to go sideways without trippin himself up!
No mean comments please! Say it nicely if its critism don't just be nasty.:)
     
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    02-16-2010, 10:45 AM
  #2
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It's a good start. You'll want to straighten him more and get better control over the shoulder.
     
    02-16-2010, 11:16 AM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Mercedes    
It's a good start. You'll want to straighten him more and get better control over the shoulder.
ok thanks:)
How do I get more control over his shoulder?
     
    02-16-2010, 06:42 PM
  #4
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Originally Posted by xLaurenOscarx    
ok thanks:)
How do I get more control over his shoulder?
Outside rein.
     
    02-16-2010, 07:10 PM
  #5
Trained
Wait..you're jumping the heights you are jumping, and you don't know how to lift nor straiten your horses shoulders?
     
    02-16-2010, 07:23 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Looks good! He's really crossing his legs over!!
     
    02-16-2010, 08:25 PM
  #7
Trained
Very good start. As mercedes said, you just need to get more control of the shoulder.
I would be leg yielding from the 3/4 line onto the outside track rather than through the middle of the arena. Going down the 3/4 to the outside track gives you a line to go by and helps you keep straight. Leg yield is the crossing over of the front and hind legs, but the body remains straight with a little flexion of the jaw. You have your boy with a very strong bend away from the direction of travel. You want his body straight and only his jaw flexed slightly in that direction. This has caused you to lose the shoulder to the outside.

To correct this, again as mercedes said, outside rein. So say you are leg yielding to the right, going down the 3/4 line heading back to the outside track. Come around the short side onto the 3/4 line, and ride dead straight for a few strides, then apply the aids for leg yield. Keep a solid outside rein contact and push him across with your inside leg. You should barely need any inside rein contact, only a touch to get the flexion. When he goes to overbend to the inside, half halt strongly on the outside rein and get him to momentarily 'stop', give a firmer inside leg aid to push him into the strong check on the outside rein to straighten him, then walk forward for a few strides before asking for a shallow leg yield again.

When I have horses that tend to overbend in leg yield I find it helps to walk straight for a few strides, then leg yield a few strides, then straight again for a few strides and so on. It keeps you and the horse thinking straight rather than sideways ;)
     
    02-16-2010, 09:02 PM
  #8
Trained
That's a great start. He's a little overbent, but I've seen much worse for beginning tries. He's sure using those back legs well. He looks like he's very willing to please.
     
    02-17-2010, 03:30 PM
  #9
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kayty    
Very good start. As mercedes said, you just need to get more control of the shoulder.
I would be leg yielding from the 3/4 line onto the outside track rather than through the middle of the arena. Going down the 3/4 to the outside track gives you a line to go by and helps you keep straight. Leg yield is the crossing over of the front and hind legs, but the body remains straight with a little flexion of the jaw. You have your boy with a very strong bend away from the direction of travel. You want his body straight and only his jaw flexed slightly in that direction. This has caused you to lose the shoulder to the outside.

To correct this, again as mercedes said, outside rein. So say you are leg yielding to the right, going down the 3/4 line heading back to the outside track. Come around the short side onto the 3/4 line, and ride dead straight for a few strides, then apply the aids for leg yield. Keep a solid outside rein contact and push him across with your inside leg. You should barely need any inside rein contact, only a touch to get the flexion. When he goes to overbend to the inside, half halt strongly on the outside rein and get him to momentarily 'stop', give a firmer inside leg aid to push him into the strong check on the outside rein to straighten him, then walk forward for a few strides before asking for a shallow leg yield again.

When I have horses that tend to overbend in leg yield I find it helps to walk straight for a few strides, then leg yield a few strides, then straight again for a few strides and so on. It keeps you and the horse thinking straight rather than sideways ;)
thanks very much for you reply
Ok il work on all of this
Ok thanks a million
     
    02-17-2010, 03:31 PM
  #10
Yearling
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
That's a great start. He's a little overbent, but I've seen much worse for beginning tries. He's sure using those back legs well. He looks like he's very willing to please.
Thanks:)
Im going to work on straightening him up now
Yeah he tries his heart out in everything that's asked of him! He really is a super honest horse:)
     

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