For the dressage natsi's:
My horse (having a holiday atm but..), when I ask her to leg yeild, to the left, she twists the left side of her face up to the sky. I apply the same cues in this direction that I do in the other and on the other rein she's fine.
Coming into the leg yeild, I use a half 10m circle, but from the opposite rein, to prepare for half passes which we will be working into once this is down pat, to begin with asking her the flex and bend in the direction of travel, then I straighten her.
She is fine if I just travel down the quarter line and yeild back to the wall.
I can assure you she's not sore or out anywhere (through her poll, neck and back) and she never has been.
I have put this down to her not wanting to bend her body.
She gets stroppy in 10m circles until she's completely set into them, and rarely travels through her corners (the arena is weird shape so generally I cut certain areas off not having to ask for the bend anyway)
Does anyone know any BENDING exercises? Not flexing, just bending (or flexing incl as it all comes together anyway.
The flexing exercises I do is flex inside out on the circle-down the long side.
I was thinking about setting up a maze of poles and asking her to walk through them, with tight turns, keeping her between the poles will make her bend her body, just until she supples a little.
Also serpentines, but wanna wait until we're slightly furthur along to do that because the change of direction just puts us off atm.
Help me pleasee :)