Leg Yield: How to Teach In-hand Lateral Work Using Clicker Training and a Target

This doesn’t have to be complicated! Leg yield is the first lateral movement I teach in-hand or ridden and it’s a great way of introducing the concept of going forwards and sideways to your horse. I aim to make this (and all of my lessons) as simple and straightforward as possible for you and your horse, so we begin with an explanation of what exactly you’re training. Then, using objects, we set it up to make it as easy, fun and rewarding for the horse to learn as possible – our horses should love this work, too!

As ever, the emphasis here is on Connection Training, not perfection training! The first steps of any new movement are always a bit messy. This is fine! Relaxation, willingness and communication are more important as you can always improve and refine it as you progress.

The leg yield taught in-hand is part of my Gymnastic Groundwork Home Study Course and it builds naturally and progressively onto the preceding exercises, such as shoulders over and quarters over. This is a short excerpt from that Course.


This exercise is part of our Gymnastic Groundwork Home Study Course, which teaches you how to improve your horse’s suppleness, straightness, body awareness and movement. It starts with the theory of why this work benefits horses and what exactly it is you’re training. The practical lessons start from leading exercises and build gently and progressively from there, so it’s very clear even if you’ve never done any of this work before. It includes in-hand work, liberty training, object work for body awareness, lateral movements, lunging and all terrain training – all trained softly and positively with the emphasis on both of you having fun!

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