Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Two-tracking is the equivalent to a leg yield in English style riding. The reason it's called two-tracking is because the horse should be moving hindquarters and shoulders together, crossing the legs front legs and hind legs to make them move sideways. When looking at them fron the front, they should stay straight, i.e. the horse's hindquarter should not be to one side or another, but directly behind the forequarters.
To get your horse to two-track to the right, you want to flex your horse to the left and then ask them to move their hindquarters and shoulders (at the same time) to move to the right. To two-track to the left, flex to the right then ask the hindquarter and shoulders to go left. Your horse should still be moving forwards, so you're moving sideways but forwards at the same time. DO NOT get your horse to go slower - it's very tempting to - as this will make you lose impulsion and get the horse behind the motion.
When starting your horse with this movement, you just want to get them moving over for a few steps, then praise them and let them walk/trot out on a loose rein.
Appearantly I have the attention span of a gnat right now, so I hope that helped at least a little.. please ask any questions you want, and I'll try and explain better :)
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