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    07-24-2008, 11:06 PM
Green Broke
Leg Yeilds? Kinda stupid....

Chance has never ever been taught to leg yeild.

If I ask her to she picks up a trot or tries to canter.

I have absolutly no idea how to teach her to. I mean I can get her to move her hind away from me on ground just by putting my hand close to her hip.

My friend says so put pressure on her side with the leg your turning her towards while your turning... ??

I've tried that and she tends to speed up some..


Every horse i've ridden usually knows how to leg yeild do I've never really had to work on it with any horse.
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    07-24-2008, 11:11 PM
Green Broke
Have you tried getting her to side pass while facing a fence?

Tip her nose in the direction opposite of the way you want to move, and put the rein across her neck. With the other rein, open up in the direction you want to go. Put your leg up against her to push her the way you want her to go and the other leg far from her side.

The second she moves sideways let go of all pressure. Then back her. Then try again the other way. And once she starts getting the picture start asking for more of her.

Did that make sense?
    07-24-2008, 11:15 PM
This is actually a very easy problem to fix just takes a lot of patience.

First you start off on the ground, you put pressure on her left side with the heel of ur hand and ask her to move away, make sure ur hand is in the same exact place you would have ur leg, if ur asking her to bend then when put pressure with ur turn her head with ur hand on the lead rope.repeat this for a while until she gets it.

Once she understands that then you can move to doing this in the saddle, always start at a walk and work on it for a week, then you move to a trot the next week if she is getting it and then a canter the next week, but only if she/he is getting it.

For instance if ur trying to get her to bend around ur left leg, put slight pressure with ur left leg on the girth and pull ur left hand back showing her you want her to bend, same on the other side.

If ur trying to get her to move off ur leg slide ur left leg back off the girth and keep pushing until she moves over a step, remember everytime she does it right even if its just bending a little or stepping over one step praise her so that she understands she did it right.

But like I said practice and patience is the key. If she gets confused when you start moving from walk to trot or trot to canter, go back to where she was comfortable and continue.
    07-25-2008, 02:31 AM
Green Broke
Ill try the fence thing first then ill try the ground work if that doesnt work

    07-25-2008, 09:43 PM
Give her a half-halt before you ask for the lateral movement to rock her back on her back legs and then ask very gently. Lots of patience.
    07-26-2008, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
We worked on a lot of bending in circles today because she wouldnt turn where I wanted her today she tried to go the other way so every time she did that I turned her in a tight circle the way I wanted and I put my leg on her as well so maybe she will get it that way.. hmm

We will keep working on it. Ill try the fence thing tomorrow.
    07-26-2008, 12:15 AM
It sounds like you need to work on steering, forward and things like that and leave the lateral movements for later on in your training.
    07-26-2008, 02:16 AM
Green Broke
Wel at times she will turn real tight for me then at the end of it when she's really hot and tired she gets annoyed.

So maybe should I just work on going just around the arena and slowly start doing the turning??
    07-26-2008, 09:03 AM
Pick one method and stick with it. You shouldn't try one thing one day and if it doesn't work try another the next day. It takes time for a horse to learn something new and to understand what you want.

When you do whatever method you decide don't keep doing it during the lesson. That can frustrate your horse and becomes a matter of diminishing returns - in other words your horse will begin to resent the lesson and undo what you've taught.

Go slow and be patient.
    07-26-2008, 01:52 PM
I pretty much do as Foxyroxy posted. I just want to add I use the lead rope and draw them in a line to whatever I want to move. If I want the hind to move take your lead rope to her hip and to the shoulder for the front end. The same as you would when under saddle with your reins. To the hip to move the hip to the shoulder to move the front. I start our under saddle just bump bump bumping with my leg and if I get no response then use the reins to let her know what you want, after awhile she'll start putting it together. Just as iridehorses said pick a method and stick with it don't change your teaching in mid-lesson or she'll get confused.

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