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post #1 of 21 Old 11-21-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 21 Old 11-21-2012, 07:30 PM
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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.
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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?
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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.

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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?
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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!!!
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As far as other lateral movements:

Shoulder fore
Shoulder in
Haunches in (travers)
Haunches out (renvers)
Half pass
Pirouettes
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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

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Just lost my job so ah... cough up please
How about a painting?.....
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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
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