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    09-02-2010, 01:25 PM
  #1
Yearling
What to do when wrong lead in show?

My horse is still getting the wrong lead to the left when loping :( Our first show together is tommorow, saturday, and sunday.
She is most likely going to get the wrong lead at somepoint in one of the shows, so what do I do when she gets the wrong lead?
Once she is on the wrong lead, she won't pick up her other one no matter how hard I try, I bring her down to the trot and try again but she's always thinking right lead, right lead.

When they ask for the lope, and she gets the wrong lead... should i: keep going on the wrong lead, attempt to switch the lead a million times until everyone else is done loping, or just jog while they lope?

Please help! Thank you!
     
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    09-02-2010, 01:45 PM
  #2
Banned
Attempt to correct the lead as quickly and discretely as possible. Do not allow the horse to continue on the wrong lead, it just reinforces the behavior.

Frankly, if the horse is *that* difficult to get on the correct lead, I wouldn't show. First of all, unless you correct quickly, before the judge sees it, you've blown the class. Second of all, your repeated attempts come back to a slower gait and correct it are going to create a traffic problem for the other people in the class. Staying at a jog while the others lope creates a similar problem if the class is crowded.

If you're just a worrier who wants to have a back up plan if something goes wrong, that's different.
     
    09-02-2010, 01:55 PM
  #3
Yearling
^^ For this show, we had to have entries in 2 months in advance, I thought she would be good for her leads by then, but she still isn't.
Pretty much I am a worrier, it's my first show, and I'm worried about if they will get mad at me or something for trying to switch the lead and she won't, or if I jog.

She most all the time gets her left lead when we start with that lead, but if we start with the right lead, then later do the left lead, she will get it wrong.

When I am riding at home, I have to continously try to get her on the right lead, usually takes around 10-20 tries before she gets it right :S

I know I won't place if she gets it wrong, but I'm just worried about what I should do when she does, I definetly don't want to get in the way of other riders :S
     
    09-02-2010, 02:05 PM
  #4
Super Moderator
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Originally Posted by maura    
Attempt to correct the lead as quickly and discretely as possible. Do not allow the horse to continue on the wrong lead, it just reinforces the behavior.

Frankly, if the horse is *that* difficult to get on the correct lead, I wouldn't show. First of all, unless you correct quickly, before the judge sees it, you've blown the class. Second of all, your repeated attempts come back to a slower gait and correct it are going to create a traffic problem for the other people in the class. Staying at a jog while the others lope creates a similar problem if the class is crowded.

If you're just a worrier who wants to have a back up plan if something goes wrong, that's different.
From what I've seen at the shows I attend (which are breed shows and some local level hunt) is that generally, once a lead is blown you've either been marked off the card (depending on the judge and the level of competition in the class) or you've been dropped to a lower placing. I wouldn't consider the class blown though (Kind of one of those fat lady sings things).

As Maura said, don't allow the horse to continue on the wrong lead as it reenforces the behavior, also, if you pick up the wrong lead and continue on it, that tells the judge that you don't know your leads. Bring the horse down and fix the lead, after just one or two strides, not half the ring. Don't make a spectical of yourself when you make the change, just do it quietly and continue on. If the judge sees you pick up a wrong lead and then immediately correct, he can be very forgiving....
     
    09-02-2010, 02:45 PM
  #5
Yearling
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From what I've seen at the shows I attend (which are breed shows and some local level hunt) is that generally, once a lead is blown you've either been marked off the card (depending on the judge and the level of competition in the class) or you've been dropped to a lower placing. I wouldn't consider the class blown though (Kind of one of those fat lady sings things).

As Maura said, don't allow the horse to continue on the wrong lead as it reenforces the behavior, also, if you pick up the wrong lead and continue on it, that tells the judge that you don't know your leads. Bring the horse down and fix the lead, after just one or two strides, not half the ring. Don't make a spectical of yourself when you make the change, just do it quietly and continue on. If the judge sees you pick up a wrong lead and then immediately correct, he can be very forgiving....
That would be so awesome if she would switch her lead right away when she gets it wrong but that's not the case. She won't, I mean won't switch no matter what I do. It's because she is pretty unbalanced in that direction, and it's hard for her to pick it up, it's easier just to take the right lead.

I really could care less about placing in the class, but I just don't want to draw all the attention on me because I'm trying to get my horse on the right lead the entire time..

I am just praying that Lena will decide to get the right lead I can dream!
     
    09-02-2010, 03:58 PM
  #6
Super Moderator
I'll give you a tip for a "trick" for an unbalanced horse. It's just a trick though. (It's in no way proper - however it does work). Pull her head to the outside when you ask her to canter, over animate it, it will throw her inside leg forward and force the lead. It's not a pretty way to do it but it will help tremendously....
     
    09-02-2010, 04:46 PM
  #7
Yearling
Have you tried picking up a canter from a walk?
     
    09-02-2010, 05:23 PM
  #8
Foal
I have had that problem . A coach pointed out to me that I was not switching my body position . No I made cdouble sure I am correct for the new lead and we rarely miss it.
     
    09-02-2010, 05:34 PM
  #9
Banned
Quote:
Originally Posted by farmpony84    
I'll give you a tip for a "trick" for an unbalanced horse. It's just a trick though. (It's in no way proper - however it does work). Pull her head to the outside when you ask her to canter, over animate it, it will throw her inside leg forward and force the lead. It's not a pretty way to do it but it will help tremendously....

It aint going to be pretty but try this and really exagerate and lean on the outside. Put all of your weight on your outside stirrup. If she doesn't catch it on the first try...try once more and then ride it out. If you know that you have no hope of getting that lead...oh well. You did your best! Good luck!
     
    09-03-2010, 09:29 PM
  #10
Green Broke
You could also try asking with your inside leg first, then your outside. Remember that you don't have to pick up the lead as soon as the judge says (within reason, so a few steps). Make sure that you are organized for it.
     

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