Sonny is great at leg-yielding, but lately I've noticed that he isn't doing it as willingly as he did before.
I don't have him over do it. I'll have him take 4 steps in both directions maybe once a week, just mainly as a refresher so he doesn't forget.
I stopped him in the middle of the arena, and had him leg-yield to the left. Once he did 4 steps..I stopped, and prasied him up, telling him he was a good boy, etc. Then when I asked him to do it to the right side, he'd just back up, do circles...everything BUT leg-yielding to that side.
I kept asking, and asking...not wanting to give him...and finally he did do it, but after a long time.
What can I do to help him leg-yield to the right side easier? I have no idea why he was giving up such a fight.
Any ideas or suggestions?
Seems he's been listening to Beyonce in the barn after hours...Ya know... to the left, to the left :lol:
I'm not a trainer.. you know more than I do... I just was laughing at that thought and figured I'd share!
Make sure you can ask him to yield on-line. Ask him to move over with your hand and see how soft you can be.
If he's okay on-line, make sure when you ask while you are riding that you aren't accidently stiffening your body in some way. A lot of times, especially with lateral movements, we can get in the way of the horse's movement and then they become stuck. Then some people think the horse is being disobediant but in fact it's their fault! :lol: Anyway make sure you are fluid in your body, do in your body what your horse must do in his body......otherwise you are in his way. Get in time with his movement and "swing" in your body like he does in his. That way you are in harmony with his movement.
Do it more.
yeah. i am trying to tech my horse how to leg yeild how do i do that? when i ask for it he will move over but no cross his legs =/ and he'll speed up because of the pressure on his side from my leg. any advice?
Here are a few pointers that will definitely help -
1) Practice with him every other day if he is struggling.
2) Before riding him. Get next to a fence, with a whip, and get him to move away from you. It'll teach him to move away from your leg and he'll become a lot more sensitive. ( which i think is a good thing :] ) He'll have to use the muscles that he'll use for leg yielding and you'll fine that if you constantly do this exercise it'll help him a lot. :)
3) See if he is hurting anywhere... Does he refuse to back up easily?
Re: leg-yielding problem
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