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post #11 of 15 Old 10-23-2011, 07:03 AM
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I would see how she does on a lunge with the lead. Mine will RARELY take it, almost always takes the wrong lead on the lunge line (this is a horse who use to ace command classes, and has always gotten it right prior to this).

If she still refuses on a lunge, I would bet on pain/arthritis. JMHO.

MSM alone may or may not help. You could ask the BO if she could try a dosse of bute and if that helps that would also be a hint. Cortaflex with MSM has helped mine immensely......

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post #12 of 15 Old 10-25-2011, 05:42 PM Thread Starter
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I finally got her to pick up the left lead today, I had to really pull her head to the rail and ask, it took a few tries but she did it. It's strange tho because she actually feels more balanced when she counter canters in that direction.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-28-2011, 09:45 AM
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I would first check for any pain in her legs. look to see if she's stiff or if her leg has a hot spot anywhere, she might be in pain as before said.

Before riding stretch her out good, lift her front legs up and pull forward.

If she usually takes it then either something is wrong or she is testing you. if you find out that nothing is wrong dont break her down to a trot, keep her loping. pull her head to the side and push on her ribs until she gives you the right lead.
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post #14 of 15 Old 10-30-2011, 05:22 AM
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My horse has the same issues! He was used 99% for hunting across Ireland fields and the very little time he spent in the arena was iused as a beginner lesson horse. So he held his head high and rarely had to worry about circles and canter leads. So when I got him I could NOT get him to pick up a right lead canter! My coach recommended a couple things:

1) bending exercises as he was very stiff
2) pick up posting trot. A few strides before the corner sit and turn his head to the outside. then as you enter the corner, outside leg back, turn head sharply to inside and ask with inside leg - all practically at the same time. something about shifting their balance at the last second by turning their head forces them to pick up the right lead. she also put a cavaletti pole about 6 inches high just before the corner so that the horse would have to really pick up his feet. the idea was to ask just before the canter pole.
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post #15 of 15 Old 10-30-2011, 09:23 AM
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try asking for canter at a 20 m circle and stay in it until the horse gets it's lead change properly
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