Illustration by Navah Rae Adams

1. In executing a proper leg-yield, your horse…

A) yields to your legs by moving straight ahead.

B) moves sideways, as in a sidepass over a log.

C) moves forward and sideways simultaneously.

2. True or false: While performing a leg-yield, your horse’s hind legs will follow directly in the footfalls of his front legs.

T / F

3. Clinician Warwick Schiller says the leg-yield is a fantastic schooling maneuver because it requires a horse to…

A) get organized.

B) relax more fully.

C) improve his tempo.

4. True or false: A key factor to the success of the leg-yield is that, before you ask for one, your horse must be traveling at a slow, steady pace.

T / F

(1) 101 Western Dressage Exercises for Horse & Rider (Read & Ride): Available on Amazon 

(2) Your Complete Guide to Western Dressage: Available on Amazon

Products we feature have been selected by our editorial staff. If you make a purchase using the links included, we may earn a commission. For more information click here.

HOW’D YOU DO? (Answers below.)

1. C is correct. The leg-yield is a lateral movement where your horse travels forward and sideways at the same time. The forward aspect is what differentiates it from a sidepass, where he goes directly sideways.

2. F is correct. In a leg-yield, your horse moves forward and sideways by crossing his inside legs in front of his outside legs while keeping his body relatively straight or only slightly bent.

3. A is correct. Especially in a zigzag leg-yield—where you change directions every few strides—your horse must organize himself by shifting his weight onto his hindquarters and raising his shoulders.

[IMPROVE your horse’s headset with Warwick Schiller’s zigzag leg-yield.]

4. F is correct. To perform a leg-yield properly, your horse needs to be moving forward with energy before you ask for the maneuver.

[LEARN HOW to execute the versatile leg-yield maneuver.]

Hey! Not already receiving H&R’s fun and informative newsletter? Sign up right now for The Ride. It’s free!

What did you think of this article?

Thank you for your feedback!

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Horse&Rider provides all you need for today’s Western horse life. Learn from top professional trainers, clinicians, and horsekeeping experts.

Related Articles

Western Tack Details

Trivia Challenge: Saddle Terms

After reading our article about bars, gullets, and trees, how well do you understand each term? Try your hand at our trivia to find out!
Read Now

The Ride #84: Find a Riding Method That Fits You

Kaitlyn Hurst joins us on The Ride Podcast, talking about healing equine trauma, and finding training methods that work for your horse.
Read Now

Don't Miss This New Content Drop

You’re not going to want to miss the new videos that are hitting Horse&Rider OnDemand. There’s something for everyone!
Read Now