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post #1 of 7 Old 01-26-2011, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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How did this trainer know the wrong lead was coming??


I confess I look at horse for sale ads in my spare time for fun (even though I've had my horse own horse for a year now) . So, at 2:39 in this video, how did this trainer know this mare was about to pick up the wrong lead? I've played it a few times and I don't see anything obvious, but she started saying "umm umm"" right away. Then she almost got the wrong lead, but because the trainer was on top of it, she saved it and got it right. Some day I'll be this perceptive, lol, but not yet ...

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post #2 of 7 Old 01-26-2011, 05:34 PM
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Well, wht I noticed was that the horses head was tipped in. Also the rider was giving the que with both of her legs not just the outside.


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post #3 of 7 Old 01-26-2011, 05:45 PM
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the horse was unbalanced and had the wrong bend before she was asked for canter. If the trot isnt quality and correct then the canter wont be correct.

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post #4 of 7 Old 01-26-2011, 09:13 PM
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Actually, the horse got the front leg. But the fact that it didn't get the back leg meant it was very unbalanced. The trot looked a little pacey (not like the gait) and he was counterbent.
That trainer was very observant. Smart woman.

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post #5 of 7 Old 01-28-2011, 02:09 PM
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It looked like it was about to get the wrong lead, but picked up the correct one. The horse was just off balance a little, because it was tilted to the inside and rushing into the canter, instead of jumping into the canter.

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post #6 of 7 Old 01-29-2011, 10:08 PM
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I can for the most part tell when my horse is going to get the wrong lead about a second before. We have trouble getting one lead if he's not completely balanced and the last step is always a little off before he gets the wrong lead. Its all about balance and feeling/understanding your horse! :)
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-05-2011, 05:42 PM
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If you just watch the horse's legs, you can tell which lead she's about to pick up. When asking the horse to canter from the trot, the aid should be given when the inside leg comes up (or when you sit while posting), since it will then encourage the horse to naturally pick up the correct lead. Like the other posters said, instead of asking correctly, the rider was kicking her forward with both legs & letting her rush forward in an unbalanced trot.
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