Originally Posted by Spyder
Typical of western trained horses.
They use the bend outsdide to get the canter/lope. To us dressage people it is totally wrong as the method used is to throw the inside shoulders in ( become heavy) and the horse will then be forced to fall on that shoulder and therefore pick up the inside lead.
It goes against every principle in dressage. The horse can be retrained to go the dressage way but would take some time.
My horse is western trained (granted, I was the one who did the training) and he cues leads from which rein I slightly pick up. Right rein=right lead.
I've NEVER ridden a western-trained horse who had problems doing so, most are cued with the outside leg and a kiss. So basically putting the opposite leg of the lead that you want.
I've never ridden and english or dressage horse who had problems with it either. To be honest, I've never really noticed a difference between horses and the way they were cued. Of course, there are slight differences, but all in all it was easy enough for me to pick up.
It sounds more like the horse just isn't conditioned enough.