Originally Posted by Corporal
I've been reading and watching lots of videos and program with our American USET Dressage trainers/ team members. I used to sidepass with my horses nose bent away from the direction they were side passing. Now I know the the body must stay aligned straight. My QH is showing me the correct way to move--body straight, crossing legs over to go sideways, front is blocked. Every trainer I see or read about suggests teaching cross over front, cross over back, repeat, then ask for both at the same time on the ground. In the saddle I hold the shoulder with the outside (direction I want to go in) and use my inside leg behind the girth. I have always practiced this in an area and moved towards the inside, then switched and side-passed to the outside. I use the wall for both. Explain how this is wrong.
First...you should never block the front.
Second what you are describing is a leg yield...not a side pass. A side pass is more a western movement where the horse goes completely sideways with no forward movement. This movement in English (dressage) is called a full pass and is higher up the scale of training than the leg yield. A leg yield will be a sideways..and forward
movement where the horse is not
looking in the direction it is going.
It would be considered a serious training error to block the front doing this movement.
In the saddle I hold the shoulder with the outside (direction I want to go in)
Not sure what you mean by this. Hold with the outside...what ?