Originally Posted by howrsegirl123
I need some help with my canter departures. My horse understands leads, but he has a tendency to pick up the right lead, even in the pasture, so it must be more comfortable to him (even though the left feels better to me.) If horse always tends to take right lead it could mean that horse needs a chiropractic adjustment (or could just be right hoofed.
How does the horse's body need to be positioned? What foot (when walking) should be down when you ask? I want smoother, cleaner departures on the correct lead every time.*
Rider should have inside hip forward and weighted slightly more than outside hip, inside leg at girth, outside leg slightly behind girth. Canter starts when horses outside hind leg is placed on the ground, so rider should ask for canter as hoof is starting to touch down. Gives horse time to shift weight onto butt and lift into canter.
Be certain horse is actively walking forward - not just strolling. Hind legs need to come forward enough to carry weight - so think middle of the belly. Rider should be thinking of "Forward and up" during the transition.
Read post I just wrote on impulsion - you need that before you can get a clean canter depart (every time).