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post #1 of 5 Old 08-21-2008, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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well i was schooling and jumping in a friends field the other day. I canter over to her she looked at me n told me i was cantering on the wrong leg.
I know which is the leading leg, And i've learnt how to tell with my ponies stride

But i havent got the foggyist how to make her change leg while cantering

Is this possible?/ If so how ??

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-21-2008, 01:02 PM
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Do you know how to ask for the right lead in the first place?
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-23-2008, 12:08 PM Thread Starter
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i just ask for a canter :P
i never got learnt hav to do it at a riding school cos i got my horse when all i could do were the basics(Walk Trot turn stop)

She normally canters on the right lead.

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post #4 of 5 Old 08-23-2008, 04:15 PM
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Now, when you ask a horse/pony to canter, you should be asking them like this: Inside leg on the girth, slight pressure. Outside leg just a bit behind the girth, with harder and more constant pressure. This asks them to pick up the correct lead.

If your horse/pony does not pick up the correct lead, and it knows how to do a flying lead change (ask your trainer/friend if your pony knows, if you don't know, or just try this a few times), then all you should have to do is what I mentioned above: inside leg on the girth, outside leg behind the girth, and try and slow her down a bit with your hands and seat so she knows that you're asking her to change and not just speed up. Sometimes it's easier for the horse or pony to do a flying change when cantering over a pole on the ground, which you might try.

A flying lead change is much harder than a simple change, which is what I'd suggest you do. A simple change is when your horse/pony has picked up the incorrect lead at the canter, and to get it back, you simple go back to a sitting trot for just one or two strides, and then ask them to canter again with the above 'inside leg on girth/outside leg behind girth' method. Usually, especially with a trained horse or pony, they'll pick up the correct one after breaking to a trot.

Hope that wasn't too confusing!
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-28-2008, 09:25 AM
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i am learning this one too Sonny always has the correct lead going clockwise-counterclockwise i have to tap his shoulder while asking him to get ready then stop him immediatly if he is on wrong lead and do it again= like someone said starting on a curve or corner they pretty much have to be on correct lead or they are totally unbalanced.
sonny kind of lurches if he is on the wrong lead-funny i can post all day on the wrong diagonal but i feel the wrong lead right away cantering hmmmmmmm.

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