Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Pacific Northwest
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Trottingalong, please don't try the counter canter!
Your horse is choosing the wrong lead because he is either in pain or unbalanced or because you are asking incorrectly.
If he ALWAYS chooses say the right lead, regardless of direction, he is probably physically uncomfortable on the left lead. Get a vet, chiropractor, or other pro out to find and fix the problem.
If he always chooses the exact opposite of what you are asking, either you are asking wrong and confusing him or you are somehow unbalancing in the transition and throwing him into the wrong lead. He's not doing it to be bad.
Are you asking on a straight line or a circle? What aids are you using? How well schooled is your horse? What does your instructor say?
If your horse is in pain, counter canter is NOT what you want. If your horse is unbalanced or confused, you are not actually counter cantering--you are careening around on the wrong lead.
When a horse gets the wrong lead, come back to trot. Take your time in the transition so that you have an organized, balanced, and through trot. Then ask again. Never just break to trot and run the horse right back into canter. That fixes nothing.
Regroup at the trot as many times as you need to. Chances are the problem is a balance one, so lessons are in order to fix this.
Last edited by Thames Pirate; 09-05-2013 at 10:05 AM.