Originally Posted by Allison Finch
I didn't watch all of the videos nor read all of the posts. Tiny and Kayty hit most of the issues I saw.
1. PLEASE take the fork off when doing lateral work (or any work, for that matter). It is adjusted way too short and the horse hits it before it even gets to where his head should be. And, it dampens and direct rein aid as it is always interrupting the "feel". If you feel you must have a running martingale, adjust it correctly.
2. If your horse is green to the yield, you are asking him to cover way too much ground. Walk down the quarter line and yield to the closet wall. Walls are magnetic to horses and it helps to go towards it, not away. Only ask six to eight strides AT MOST in the beginning. Only when they can do a nice yield from the quarter line to wall should you ask to go from the center line to the wall.
3 As Kayty said, the horse should be quite straight through the body with only a bit of flex in the poll. If you "bend" too much through the neck, it is very hard to get the haunch to yield.
4 when you ride the yield, look in the direction you are yielding. The head is part of the cue. When you look straight ahead, the horse wants to walk straight ahead. Don't think the horse doesn't feel the head turn.
All in all, you and your horse look great together and I know you will do well.
Going back to watch more videos.....
I agree with you fully on the fork. I'm taking it off and I'm not putting it back on!
And I agree about the leg yields.. idk if you saw my face, I saw sick of them and I could tell Sky wanted to just get to the trotting and cantering.
I'm going to ride tomorrow so I'll work a mostly on walk, trot, canter and a little leg yield now and then.
But thanks for taking the time to comment. I need all the help I can get!
EDIT: I've watched the video and I'm understanding the aids a lot clearer now. I had no idea head turn was part of the cue, I probably was making it very confusing for Sky. Thanks for pointing that out!
Do you have any tips for my sitting trot that anyone hasn't mentioned yet? Looking at the video, hers is very "with" her horse, whereas mine is all over the place.