Brag moment - I figured out my leads!
A bit of background information - I am a fairly inexperienced pony clubber and trail rider, who owns a sweet, somewhat lazy Arab cross pony with a mean jump and a talent for adapting to whatever craze I am currently pursuing.
So for the past month or so, I have been playing around with canter leads. I have been trying to figure what combination of leg aids, hand and weight gives me a certain lead on a straight line, every time.
In the past, when I rode always in an arena I would simply cue for a canter and trust my mare that she would know which rein we were currently working on and pick up the correct lead accordingly. However, when I began to also ride on trails and the beach, because I was not specifying leads she would simply pick one, more commonly her left. This was leading to uneven muscle development.
So then I began my quest to learn to ask her to choose a specific lead. I couldn't learn in a riding lesson, as in an arena she automatically just picks the lead that corresponds to the rein we where working on, regardless of where my weight/legs/hands were, etc. So I had to learn to ask for specific leads outside of an arena, which meant by myself, without my riding coach.
Now after a month or so of fiddling, experimenting, questioning and reading up various articles, both on here and other places on the internet, I am proud to announce that as of today I have figured out how to ask for the right/left lead, on a straight line, and get it every time. YIPPEE!
Yeah, that is my little boast done. Now excuse me, I'm off to feed carrots and tell my horse what a wonderful girl she is.