Originally Posted by bsms
back again wrote:
"My last instructor had me que leg yield with my leg behing the girth, but my current instructor says use the leg at the girth, but in a movement towards the outside shoulder to get a leg yield.
I was just wondering if there is a more correct way to ask for it, or if is a matter of how the horse is trained?"
Since the question assumes the horse is trained, then the answer is that it is a matter of how the horse is trained. That is why two instructors gave different answers. And on the lesson horses I've ridden, either will give results.
If you wanted, you could train a horse to do a side pass in response to taps on the wither. It would be a bit odd, but it would work fine once the horse was trained.
With my gelding, if you apply firm pressure with your left leg at the cinch, but don't allow him to turn his head right, he'll move laterally to the right.
Is that 'proper'? Don't know. But he was trained on a ranch, and that is what he does.
I don't believe that is has to do with how the horse is trained. It has to do with "Is the horse understanding what it is that we are asking?" or "Are we asking the horse correctly?"
We are not talking about neck reining, I have no idea what you are going on about......we are talking about leg yeilding, which has nothing to do with neck reining. I hope you are not trying to compare the two, because if you are, you are way off.
If you want to compare movements to Leg Yeilding, then perhaps look to Turn On The Forehand or a Roll Back. The movement is where you are opening up the inside, keeping the outside shoulder underneith the horse to ensure that they are strait, using your outside aids to encourage the horse to move over. Outside seat bone, outside leg, outside rein. Keeping your inside aids quiet and soft.
With your outside leg, you are using it behind the girth to ask for the movement, but you can also move your leg to the girth or slightly ahead of the girth, to encourage that outside shoulder to remain under the horse. But, that's where the outside rein comes into factor.