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SonnyWimps 04-28-2008 03:34 PM

leg-yielding problem
 
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?

Dumas'_Grrrl 04-28-2008 04:19 PM

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!

Spirithorse 04-28-2008 04:20 PM

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.

tim 04-28-2008 04:20 PM

Do it more.

librahorse94 05-11-2008 04:56 PM

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?

Abby 05-11-2008 06:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by librahorse94
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?

Pull back enough on your reins not to "close the front door" but enough to tell him to stay steady, and and apply soft but clear leg pressure and hold until he does it, just tell him over! and keep doing it until he crosses his legs, or even crosses just front or back.

equirena 05-12-2008 01:37 AM

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?

sandsarita 05-12-2008 11:37 AM

Re: leg-yielding problem
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by SonnyWimps
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?

Since he already knows how to do it, don't be afraid to get a little tough with him, and say I asked you to do it, so do it. That being said, if he is acting like he's confused (and it sounds like he could be), take it back to the basics. I like to break it up into turns on the forehand and on the hindquarters. Ask for one step on the front, pause. Ask for a step on the back, pause. Repeat. After he will move each independently, combine the cues for a sidepass. You can also make him face a fence, and do it there. That will prevent him from moving forward, at least. But remember - he knows how to do it, so he WILL do it. You've just got to figure out how to make him.


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