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post #11 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 06:11 PM
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So if a horse goes with his left first, you right lead?
If they make better left turns its easier for them to make only one right turn
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post #12 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 06:15 PM
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How is there a backwards way when running to the right or left is acceptable? I would also suspect that like humans, some horses are righties and some are lefties. Where did you learn that most are lefties out of curiousity?
Backwards is just the slang term used to say going to the left first, since most horses run to the right first. I always thought it was comman knowledge? I've know that since I was about 4 or 5, just because everyone says it. Most horses are better on their left leads and it's why the left side is considered the "proper" side to mount a horse from.
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I thought the mounting on the left came from medieval times where the knights mounted on the left because that's the side they wore their swords on. If they mounted from the right the sword would interfere when they swung their leg over.

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post #14 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 07:25 PM
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Most horses pick up that lead easier making them "lefties" and backwards doesnt mean wrong, just opposite to what you see most of the time. (So you would run your rightie that way).

Yes, that's how mounting on the left originated but I don't think that has anything to do with leads it's just like people -- Horses have one stronger side and one weaker side.
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post #15 of 26 Old 10-18-2010, 09:47 PM
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I thought the mounting on the left came from medieval times where the knights mounted on the left because that's the side they wore their swords on. If they mounted from the right the sword would interfere when they swung their leg over.
This is what I learned as well. Just like this is where the salute in the military originates because as a sign of respect, the knights would raise their visors with their right hand....the hand they would draw their sword with.

I have never barrel raced at all....but would love to at some point. I only chimed in because I thought it would be interesting to see what actual racers did.

Most of the lesson horses I ride are half and half on being better on the left or right...nothing ever stands out as almost all of them being better to the left.

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Okay, what is a lead?
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post #17 of 26 Old 10-24-2010, 09:53 PM
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Ever since I was taught how to do barrels when I was a kid, I was taught the right first. If I try the left first, I just get confused and end up doing a left turn at the top instead
It really sucks because my horse turns best on the right so I need to retrain myself so I can ride him through the pattern better.
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I am a left runner. Always have been. Both of my horses that I ran with had strong right leads. It was easier to get the crappy lead out of the way. Not to mention *I* am right handed. Its easier for me to do things better to my right.

Its very strange around here. All the youngsters run to the right and most of the women run to the left. Odd eh?
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post #19 of 26 Old 10-24-2010, 10:36 PM
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Okay, what is a lead?
How do you barrel race and not know what leads are?
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post #20 of 26 Old 10-24-2010, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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How do you barrel race and not know what leads are?
Well I just ride. I reall don't know what a lead is. I'm NOT know with horses, I just ride like the old western times. I get on a good horse and go. Lol.
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