As indicated, I am having problems getting a consistent correct lead when tracking right. It generally takes three tries though I did get it in two this afternoon :).
When I initially started canter transitions the horse would leap into it after doing some hard sidestepping and shakng his head. Now, I am finally getting a calm depart but an inconsistent right lead; left is pretty consistent and that is actually his stiff side though as a former racer it makes sense the left is easier.
I know I have to get him off my inside hand and if I do a spiralling circle in and then out, and then ask for the transition, I can get the lead, but, this isn't going to work for the dressage show arena. I know where the transition has to occur in the test and have already started practicing setting the horse up by using a slightly stronger inside leg to bend him before using the canter aid. Concentrating today I did notice that I do use my inside seatbone to help push the canter (thought I was using the outside one all this time :) ). I put weight on the inside seat bone, sit up and back, put the outside leg back and the inside leg a little more forward (this is the way the horse was intially trained and he seems to prefer it to the standard at the girth position). I also do a few half halts with the inside rein to get him off that shoulder just before asking for the transition. For info sake, we are only at Intro level with the first Intro C test to be ridden in show in a couple of weeks.
Am I on the right track here or can anyone think of another option that might sharpen this up a little?