I don't know if anyone else has ever been in this situation (I would assume SOMEONE has, haha) but I was kinda wondering, for those of you with horses that were trained when you got them but used different cues for certain actions than you were used to (and you had absolutely no way of contacting the previous owners), how did you go about figuring out what cues meant what?
For instance, for the longest time I thought Lacey didn't know her canter leads. Well, it turns out that she does know her leads, very well in fact, I was just cuing her wrong. Evidently whoever trained her, trained her to pick up whichever lead from a cue with the inside leg, instead of cuing with the outside leg like I've always been taught.
That leads me to wonder whether she knows a whole heck of a lot more than I know how to cue her for, and I feel kinda like I'm wasting her by potentially thinking she doesn't know how to do something, when I'm really just cuing her wrong... I just kinda feel like I'm letting her just be a pretty good horse when she could be an excellent horse very easily, yknow? And then, I'd just try to teach her most things myself but I have no clue how to teach them and she gets frustrated easily (which is understandable if she's been drilled to do something one way for the first 23 years of her life, then poof, some crazy is asking her to change).
And since she's spent the last 2 years very dilegently counter cantering whenever I asked her to canter because I was asking her wrong, I can only assume that whatever she knows is probably still very much intact...
It took me almost 2 full years to figure out the cantering thing and I guess I'm just wondering if there are any ways to speed up the process... Probably not, but it doesn't hurt to ask!