I will NOT give you the correct lead!

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    05-26-2012, 11:14 AM
I will NOT give you the correct lead!

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!
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    05-26-2012, 11:22 AM
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A friend of mine had that issue. Her horse was perfectly sound and showed no signs of lameness. She had the vet out and afer x-rays, she found out he had an old fracture above his hock.
    05-26-2012, 11:57 AM
Have you tried leg yield before canter depart?
    05-26-2012, 08:26 PM
The leg-yields to canter are definitely what helped me with lead problems, but a little thing that I find VERY helpful is to look over your outside shoulder while you cue for the canter, it helps you put your wieght it the right place(: good luck!
    05-26-2012, 08:52 PM
Tip: Check for physical problems BEFORE you jump to conclusions :)
    05-27-2012, 11:18 AM
Thanks guys! Going riding in bout 30 min and will try leg yeild and looking over my outside shoulder:)
    05-27-2012, 02:23 PM
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!
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    05-27-2012, 02:49 PM
What's his history/your level of experience? Ruling out any physical problems, this usually boils down to either him not knowing what you're asking, or you not asking correctly.

Is he bad with just picking up the one lead or both? If he's bad with both then I would go right back to basics, getting him balanced and bending correctly at the walk/trot before moving up to the canter.

If it's just one bad lead, again ruling out any physical problems, same deal, go back to walk/trot and get him balanced and bending - it's all too easy to avoid the bad side so I will emphasize it a little more (without completely ignoring the good rein, generally you want to work both sides equally). If they feel balanced they are more inclined to pick up the correct lead.

Another thing to look at is your riding - do you favour one side more than the other? Do you tend to lean to the inside? I'm very bad for that so I try to stay on my outside seatbone when asking for an inside bend.

Don't drop the outside rein. The instructor in me sees that and wants to take your reins away - 90% of getting the correct lead comes from your legs and seat. You want to maintain contact with the outside rein and lift the inside rein a bit to facilitate the correct bend - throwing away the outside rein and holding him to the inside will just enable him to pop his shoulder out, as you now know. Circles are useful in picking up the right lead but only if you're bending correctly. Asking for the canter in a corner is a good starting point when you're both ready. Lateral work like leg yielding at the trot is a great idea as he needs to be balanced and supple, and you need to be using your legs and seat effectively to accomplish a leg yield. Don't rush to get him showing, this may take some time.
    05-27-2012, 03:16 PM
We did it!!! He picked up th correct lead consistently on both sides!!!!!! Thanks everyone!
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    06-08-2012, 06:59 PM
Have vet check? If you have fench turn the head to the fench alittle then ask, keep your self culm and give your self time to set up never hurry your self or horse,

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