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post #1 of 4 Old 09-09-2009, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Question Help: Yielding the Hindquarters from the ground?

Hey, all. I've just started working with my new clydesdale mare. The past couple days, I've been working on yielding her hindquarters (groundwork only). She's doing pretty good... catching on fast as usual, but often times, she side steps with her front legs. Does anyone have tips on how I can encourage her to move them only up and down and discourage the front sidestep as she yeilds her hindquarters?
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post #2 of 4 Old 09-09-2009, 04:40 PM
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How are you asking?

What head gear do you have on? (halter or bridle)

I use a snaffle and a dressage whip. I hold the reins in my near hand and tap with the whip on the hip. The reins allow me to 'block' any movement from the front end. If she moves forward, try it along a wall or fence.

Remember - lateral work is hard when they are first learning. Frequent breaks for stretching is necessary.
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Halter and lead rope (and a lunge whip to put pressure on her hind end). She isn't trained for a bit yet. She isn't moving forward, doing everything perfectly, except she is sidestepping with her front legs instead of moving them up and down. She's young and I know she won't do it perfect right away, I just want to be sure I know how to correct this when I feel she is ready. As of now, I only work on it for 10-15 minutes a day.
Kind of hard to explain now that I read what I've written. Maybe I can take my video camera out there...
EDIT: What this girl is trying to do:
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-09-2009, 05:16 PM
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Keep her hind end moving untill her front stops then let her stop. Don't remove the pressure until she does what you are asking CORRECTLY.
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