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    11-21-2012, 07:19 PM
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Yearling
What is "lateral" work?

Okay so I must do it all the time without realising, but I have heard this term a few times and don't know what the definition is?
     
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    11-21-2012, 07:30 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Lateral movements are any movements which involve the horse moving both forward and sideways at the same time (relative to the way the withers are pointing)- the leg yield is one of the first lateral movements most riders learn.
     
    11-21-2012, 07:36 PM
  #3
Yearling
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Originally Posted by verona1016    
Lateral movements are any movements which involve the horse moving both forward and sideways at the same time (relative to the way the withers are pointing)- the leg yield is one of the first lateral movements most riders learn.
Ah, I've done leg yielding many times! What else is there?
     
    11-21-2012, 07:49 PM
  #4
Trained
Leg yielding is NOT a lateral movement.

Yes, laterals involve the horse moving forwards and sideways, but they also require bend around the inside leg.
Leg yield does not have bend. The horse's body remains straight, with a small amount of flexion against the direction of travel. It is however, a good prepatory movement towards laterals, and to encourage a connection from the inside hind to the outside rein.
     
    11-21-2012, 07:53 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Leg yielding is NOT a lateral movement.

Yes, laterals involve the horse moving forwards and sideways, but they also require bend around the inside leg.
Leg yield does not have bend. The horse's body remains straight, with a small amount of flexion against the direction of travel. It is however, a good prepatory movement towards laterals, and to encourage a connection from the inside hind to the outside rein.
So what movements would be?
     
    11-21-2012, 08:00 PM
  #6
Banned
Subbing......I'm a rider who goes by feel, I have a fair amount of knowledge, but was never schooled in these terms....as Kayty already knows! I feel like I should be paying her!!!
     
    11-21-2012, 08:06 PM
  #7
Trained
As far as other lateral movements:

Shoulder fore
Shoulder in
Haunches in (travers)
Haunches out (renvers)
Half pass
Pirouettes
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    11-21-2012, 08:07 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl    
Subbing......I'm a rider who goes by feel, I have a fair amount of knowledge, but was never schooled in these terms....as Kayty already knows! I feel like I should be paying her!!!
Just lost my job so ah... cough up please
     
    11-21-2012, 08:09 PM
  #9
Banned
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Originally Posted by Kayty    
Just lost my job so ah... cough up please
How about a painting?.....
     
    11-21-2012, 08:12 PM
  #10
Trained
Hmmmmmmm.... I draw as well though. Come to South Aussie and teach me how to use those amazing oil sticks, then I'll consider it a fair trade off :P
I'll even let you ride my little nutter, Spighi!
     

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