Lateral work doesn’t have to be difficult! Perfect your leg-yield aids here – read the full article in September PONY magazine.
1. Outside leg remains at the girth but not applying any pressure
2. Use your inside leg slightly behind the girth to ask your pony to move over
3. Keep hands steady to maintain flexion, slightly open inside hand to encourage your pony to maintian bend as he moves over
4. Look straight ahead
5. Keep your body straight
1. Inside leg too far back
2. Inside hand fixed which prevents effective flexion
3. Looking at the track, not up and ahead, which causes you to turn your body.
It’s likely he’ll find it easier to leg-yield in one direction than the other (just like we’re right- or left-handed), so be more patient on his weaker side.
Remember to practise leg-yielding on both reins to ensure both you and your fave pony are balanced and not stronger one way compared to the other.