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post #21 of 26 Old 10-25-2010, 01:59 AM
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A lead is the leg the horse 'leads with' during a canter. So if you are cantering to the left, and you look down, you will see is inside leg stretching forward further than the other which means he is on the correct lead. (he should be on the correct lead in the back too). Same for going to the right. If you have the wrong lead, your horses outside leg will be leading.
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post #22 of 26 Old 10-25-2010, 09:11 PM Thread Starter
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Oh, I see. Like I said, "I ride like the old western time." I think I watch to much lonesome dove. (I think I got the movie title right..) I seem to ride fine, not fancy but they didn't need fancy back then.
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post #23 of 26 Old 10-25-2010, 09:17 PM
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I run one to the left, another to either the left or right. Whichever side has better ground.

The first gelding I run to the left because, he has a difficult left hand turn. It's easier to teach a horse to make one left turn than two.

The other horse... he'll pretty much run wherever I point him. Not any worse one way than the other.
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post #24 of 26 Old 10-26-2010, 11:48 PM
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I run my horse to the left barrel first because when I was training him, he turned better to the right. So it made more sense for me to run the pattern with one left turn and two right turns because we could complete the right turns faster.

However, now in his training, he turns equally well both ways and I do run the pattern both ways, but most often I'll stick to going to the left barrel first because that's the way he is most used to.

He will also run the poles either way and I continually run them different every time, because it keeps him from "assuming" what he is supposed to do and actually listen to my cues instead.

Many times, barrel racers will just train to go to the right barrel first because that's "what everyone else does". And it is true that most horses tend to be better at left turns, however, once fully trained and seasoned, most horses turn equal both ways. But to make the most of training a barrel horse, it often is beneficial to figure out which way they turn better and make that your two turns in the pattern.


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How do you barrel race and not know what leads are?
That seems a little harsh, since there was a point in my life that I barrel raced and didn't know what a lead was, as I am sure there was a point in your life when you didn't know what a lead was either. I've come a long way from then but everyone has to start somewhere. The least you could do was explain what a lead was, instead of just leaving this single comment.

And I guess I have never heard the term "backwards" in regards to running to the left barrel first. Maybe it is a regional thing? We call them lefties and righties.


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Okay, what is a lead?
As spastic_dove stated, the lead is so named because it is based off of what leg is "leading" the horse when he is galloping. When the horse is in the left lead, the right hind leg hits the ground first, followed by both the left hind leg and right front leg at the same time, and then the front left leg is the last to make contact with the ground. Just the opposite would happen with a right lead (left hind leg --> right hind leg + left front leg --> right front leg) in the 3-beat cadence.

Leads are beneficial because when you ask a horse to do precise maneuvers, whether it is turns in barrel racing or circles in reining or running down the fence after a cow preparing for a turn, the horse can better complete that maneuver.

For example, a horse is more balanced when doing a circle in a clockwise direction (to the right) if he is on his right lead. And better when doing a counterclockwise circle on the left lead.

So when you train for barrel racing, you should also train your horse to switch leads in a flying lead change between barrel 1 and 2. A flying lead change is when the horse changes the lead without slowing down (staying at the gallop). A simple lead change is when you break down to a slower gait (trot or walk) and then ask the horse to begin galloping again on the different lead.

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post #25 of 26 Old 10-27-2010, 12:06 PM
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That seems a little harsh, since there was a point in my life that I barrel raced and didn't know what a lead was, as I am sure there was a point in your life when you didn't know what a lead was either. I've come a long way from then but everyone has to start somewhere. The least you could do was explain what a lead was, instead of just leaving this single comment.

And I guess I have never heard the term "backwards" in regards to running to the left barrel first. Maybe it is a regional thing? We call them lefties and righties.
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Maybe it was harsh but either way, when asking a question about what way, I would think someone would know what a lead is. And no there really wasn't a time in my life I didn't know what a lead was. Maybe the first year or so when I was on my shetland pony, but that was it. After that I was always made to get my bigger pony on the "right " lead while cantering circles. It took me a while to feel which lead was right in each direction, but it's always been drilled into me about leads and being on the correct one.

Then again not everyone has a mother like mine who wouldn't let you get away with anything while riding.
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I run to the right first, BUT that's because I run appaloosas. At our bigger shows, we run horse against horse, and you have to go to the right barrel first. If I had one that ran left, I could do that at smaller shows, but I believe in the saying "Start as you mean to go on."

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