Learn this versatile maneuver step
by step to improve your control.
BY JULIE GOODNIGHT WITH HEIDI MELOCCO
Whether you want to im- prove your skills for com- petition or increase your horse’s athleticism and responsiveness, teaching your horse to leg-yield has many benefits. Leg-yielding, sometimes called two-tracking, is one of the first lateral (
sideways) movements that trainers use to establish a foundation of body control. The movement demonstrates the
horse’s obedience to your leg as he moves his ribcage away
from the pressure of your leg, moving forward and sideways at the same time.
If you can leg-yield, you can position your horse exactly
where you want him to be. Western and English riders both
need the skill; anyone who rides a pattern that includes
circles may use leg-yielding to adjust the horse’s path.
Leg-yielding is a precursor to sidepassing, flying lead changes, and herd work for cow horses. It is sometimes included in
riding patterns and is helpful on the trail. Leg-yielding also
helps the horse reach up under his belly with his hind leg,
strengthen his topline and engage his hindquarters.