Gymnasticizing work in hand Part 5: yielding and crossing over



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The yielding and crossing over work is the perfect way of starting the lateral work. Your horse walks in a small circle around you, like the arms of a clock, as you remain in the middle. It is enough to develop a feel for how the inside and outside reins work with one another. The outside rein acts as a wall or barrier, the inside shoulder softens.

One does not do this for 20 minutes at a go. It is a good way of loosening, strengthening the back and is most effective in short intervals. You should only guide your horse, you are not supporting him with the hand. The focus is suppling the bending of the hindquarters, the range of motion and control of the shoulder.

It is best to begin this crossing over, yielding exercise in walk. Asking for transitions to halt fairly frequently will help throughness. Once you can do this with fine aids, you can then attempt it in trot or on a large circle. The chewing leads to looseness in the mind and body of your horse. And remember, lots of changes of rein!

What you will learn in this video:

  • How to begin with the yielding and crossing over exercise
  • which aids to give and how to develop a feel for how it all meshes together
  • how you can ask for and practice crossing over in trot and around the arena

Further videos in this series: 

Kathrin Roida

Kathrin Roida is committed to classic dressage. In hand and under saddle, she trains horses in an appropriate and sustainable way. With her work she wants to promote the health of the horse over the years.

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