Originally Posted by skyhorse1999
My horse will NOT pick up the correct lead. I can totally drop the outside rein and hold him with the inside and he doesnt do it! Or I can circle him and he still doesnt do it. It can take me 5 times around the arena doing simple changes until he picks it up correctly. THAT ewill do no good in a show. Help!
Personally, I've always found that gripping the inside rein and dropping the outside rein makes it harder for a horse to pick up the correct lead. It brings your weight and theirs to the inside, and doesn't let them lead with the inside leg. But that's me, I don't know how correct that really is.
When teaching youngsters to pick up correct leads, I've always found that working on a 20m circle, so that they have inside bend, but having slightly more contact with the outside rein, and having inside leg on the girth and outside leg further back, pushing their quarters slightly inwards, makes it easiest to pick up the correct lead. And keeping my own weight to the outside, ofc. Has always worked for me!