leg-yielding while neckreining? What cues?
Okay I myself am getting confused on how to ask Sonny to leg-yield while neck-reining. Each time I think I know a way, all he does is turn on the haunches...so I'm definately asking it wrong.
How should I ask? What cues?
Support with your inside leg and squeeze with your outside leg.
All at the same time you should press with your outside leg, lay the outside rein on his neck, and shift your weight a little to the inside of the saddle.
Seems awkward at first but it's like learning to drive (and especially a stick shift). Once you have it down it will be second nature to both you and your horse.
Dukey is still learning about leg yields and side passing so let's say we are legyielding to the left...
so put your right leg on him, your left leg off of him.
Then tighten your right rein a tad bit so that his nose tips more to the right and then put your right rein across his neck to "push" his shoulders over and try to keep your left rein as far from his neck as you can w/o pulling backward.
Eventually you will get to the point where you don't have to tip his head as much.
If you have any questions or that didn't make sense just ask! :wink:
Hmm, there are a few different ways people seem to use leg & seat aids. Some are almost opposite to others.
Perhaps if what you're doing causes him to yield his hindquarters away, you're either 'supporting' too much with your inside leg, or you have your outside leg too far back & he's yielding in the opposite direction?
I use my legs to 'push' the horse in the right direction. Therefore, to turn on the forehand, I look & turn my upper body in the direction I want. This pretty much automatically makes my legs, seat & reins go where I want them. My outside leg on about the girth, or even more forward when first teaching, my weight shifted to the outside, rein on the neck, inside(loose) rein out from the horse a little, inside leg & pelvis out a little, to kind of open the way.
If I want a hq yield, my leg is further back to 'push' the horse's rump over. I turn to focus towards that quarter and my weight is rocked forward, to free up his hq.
All this is pretty exaggerated when I'm teaching a horse, but I refine it as we go, so the cues end up being very subtle in the end.
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