Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: northeast Pennsylvania
Showing a lesson horse who doesn't pick up one canter lead?
I'm considering taking one of the lesson horses to a small schooling show next month, the problem is it is nearly impossible to get her to pick up her canter lead going counter clockwise. It's not only me that has trouble, there are a few teenagers at the barn who have gotten on her to try also, sometimes we can get her to pick it up but it's a huge process and it doesn't always work.
I just saw an episode of Julie Goodnight last night that addressed this issue, so I'll try what she demonstrated but I'm not overly optimistic.
My question is, with this issue should I just stick to classes that are W/T. This will be my first time ever showing and I really don't care if I place, but I also don't want to be looked down on because the lesson horse doesn't pick up that lead.
What would you guys do in this situation? We've been trying for months to get her to pick up the lead consistently(or at all mostly) with no luck. She used to pick up both leads but then I started riding my horse instead of her for a few months and when I started riding her again due to issues with my horse she would no longer pick it up.