Can someone tell me how to teach a horse how to disengage its shoulders or disengage its hindquarters. What is this good for and what does this look like, exactly? I tried to find a video. Thanks.
Disengage the sghoulders is when the rider moves the shoulders of the horse so they are NOT straight in front of the horses hips - rather they are inside or outside of the hips. If you look at UTube videos of what they call in dressage a "Shoulder-In" you would see the rider bending the horse around their inside leg and using the outside rein to move the shoulders to the "inside" of the riders leg. When done slightly you'll see the inside hind leg stepping into the outside front leg's hoofprints. So for a houlder-in L:eft the horse is bent to the left around the riders left leg, the hind legs remain "on the track" (straight ahead) and the horses right front leg leaves a hoof print that the horses left hind steps into. So although the horse is moving straight ahead the horse appears as 2 pieces - the front legs inside (left in this case), the hind legs stepping straight ahead. Video link:Can someone tell me how to teach a horse how to disengage its shoulders or disengage its hindquarters. What is this good for and what does this look like, exactly? I tried to find a video. Thanks.
So to start teaching leg yield you DO start from the ground - great question. Start by standing on the horses left around the girth area. Bend nose/neck to the left (I'd start by about 1/4) then press thumb just behind the girth where a spur would rest if you were riding and wearing spurs. If horse just shifts weight and does nothing else then "Good boy/girl". Better yet if they take a step - same thing Good boy.Thanks. This helps. Can you teach young horses this from the ground? How would I do that? And how best is it to train from the ground turning on forehand/turning on haunches? Is that considered "disengage" ?