Introduce lateral work
Leg-yield is one of the first lateral moves your horse will learn and it also sets him up for the more advanced half-pass. Here, Sam explains an exercise that’ll get your horse used to moving sideways, while keeping his body straight. How to ride it a) Go large around your school in trot on the right rein. b) Ride a 15m circle at one end of the school. c) In the corner of your school, trot across the diagonal. d) As you reach the centre of the school, put your left leg on and leg-yield back to the track. e) Keep your horse’s body straight, without too much neck bend. f) Repeat four times. g) Change the rein and repeat.
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