Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: North central Iowa
How to Work on Getting the Right Lead?
My horse, Rusty, is doing hunters this summer and for the future. He's been doing wonderfully, but I am having a problem getting him to pick up his right lead. I know horses are like people - lefties or righties, and the only way to get that lead is to use it more. We've been doing a lesson a week for about a year, in which each lesson we take the right lead. Rusty is just not improving with it. I have to pull him back to a trot and sometimes do that a few times before getting him to canter on the right lead.
How do I teach Rusty to use his right lead the first time I ask for it? As a hunter, I know it is imperative to be on the correct lead at all times and to do flying leads. Rusty will do auto leads right to left, but obviously he's not ready for the other way around. When he's improved enough to take his right lead accurately, how do I teach him flying lead changes?
These are my two goals. :)