A lot of riders school the leg-yield as an exercise and as a regular part of their training programs.
Now in Straightness Training we do teach the horse to yield for the leg of the rider, but we don't use leg-yielding as an exercise, we don't use this particular exercise in our training, and this article will tell you why, but first of all...
The muscles in a horses' neck must be strong and thick on top, not underneath.
An 'underneck' is difficult to correct once the horse has developped such carriage.
Straightness training can be used to prevent or to correct an underneck.
The rider should sometimes act 'as if' spectators are watching both him/her and the horse.
This offers several advantages:
- If one day there is a real audience, you are mentally prepared.
- You will train seriously and concentrated.
- If you also 'internally' explain to the 'imagined' audience what, why and how you are doing what you are doing, you will find out 'gaps' in your knowledge or you will find out that you perfectly know what you are doing.