The horse will move laterally in a leg yield or halfpass, easily and softly, bending its body freely at the will of its rider.
HINDQUARTER AND FOREQUARTER YIELDS.
Hindquarter yields both ways, turn on the haunches (forequarter yields) both ways freely at the riders request.
When the rider has to do little more than think what they require of the horse and the horse responds, when the aids are so refined it takes four ounces of pressure or less to achieve all of the above.
The rider understands the horse’s needs and takes care that the horse is never placed in a situation that can lead to the horse being hurt or frightened. The horse knows this, trusts the rider, respects the rider, sees the rider as its leader and cares enough to want to please the rider.
When all these things come together, when communication between rider and horse is so refined that the aids cannot be seen, when the horse willingly holds itself in self-carriage and offers soft feel, the body is soft and flowing. The rider is sitting straight up in the saddle, the horse is balanced, the rider is balanced -they are working as one. This is refinement!!!
When you see this picture- the picture of a rider and a horse together, the horse up in a round frame, the poll rounded, the horse carrying soft feel. All of it voluntarily, cantering circles -soft, round and happy with a soft eye. This is refinement, a picture that you struggle to drag your eyes away from. This is the ART of the horseman, this is what I want my students to achieve.