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post #11 of 18 Old 06-12-2011, 10:21 PM
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don't think about bending, focus on keeping him straight and forward in front of your leg. And you go around the corner, look up and to the outside and put your leg on. I wouldnt say any horse needs a 'wierd' method to do anything. If they are physically capable and balanced they can do it.

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post #12 of 18 Old 06-12-2011, 10:23 PM
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I can't remember precisely, but something about leg yielding forces a horse to pick up a correct lead unless they are very skilled with their feet. If you could do that and ask at the same time maybe he could make the connection? Sorry for being rather un-helpful...

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That's interesting... He doesn't know how to pirouette. Novice eventer :) I wish I could try that though!

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post #14 of 18 Old 06-13-2011, 01:19 AM
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Depends on how good of an eye she has as to whether or not she'll be able to tell, My trainer can. I can tell by the way he's walking and when I look down and his shoulder buldges out. Give it a try and let me know if I was helpful at all :)
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post #15 of 18 Old 06-13-2011, 03:16 AM
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Well, there are of course the wrong ways that will get the lead but not teach much such as lifting your outside rein straight up or throwing them onto the lead by taking a sharp turn.

My aunt's method for me and Jynx was an interesting one - change rein across the diagonal. It sets the horse up better for the lead, and prevents them from anticipating it because you're already using the aids asking them to begin traveling in a new direction. Just begin trotting in the opposite direction of the lead, change rein across the diagonal and a few strides out from the wall being pushing them into a bend towards the wall and ask for the canter.

Also consider what your seat is doing. Jynx would usually get her left lead if I was in two point, so it was obviously something I was doing, heavier in one seat bone. I found out I have scoliosis so that explains why she was having SO much difficulty with me!

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post #16 of 18 Old 06-13-2011, 03:17 AM
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make sure he is nice and warmed up first get, do lots of transitions, circles and serpentine's, leg yielding, also if you know how to do turn on the quarters/forehand will get him listening to your leg aids, only when you feel his he is relaxed and supple trot a small 10 meter circle on the left rein, THEN give him the correct aids - outside leg behind the girth, inside leg on the girth and squeeze.....

Does he feel the same on both reins? Or is he stiffer on his left? You may want to practice transitions on the lunge?

Also if you have the money you could always get his back checked?
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post #17 of 18 Old 06-16-2011, 04:52 PM
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Here's my weird way: when I began my horse on the lunge, to ask for canter, along with voice, I'd sort of roll my hand over, to mimic her leg. Well, when I started riding, I noticed that if I rolled my inside hand, she'd take the inside lead. Every time. Now, if I get stuck doing the counter canter, sometimes I'll roll the outside hand, to give her an extra hint, and it really helps!
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post #18 of 18 Old 06-17-2011, 08:14 AM
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Found this video! It might help you with your problems, as the instructor explains why the horses don't get the correct lead, and how to fix it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uryAU3ZzPM

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