So I've had Lena for almost a year now. She is a 13 year old Quarter horse x Australian Stock horse. Over the year we have overcome many issues on the ground and in the saddle and I have learnt heaps! But there was one problem that was persisting and that my trainer and I were really having trouble with. And that was getting Lena to pick up the left canter lead. We had the chiropractor out to fix her up so we knew it wasn't physical, we tried all kinds of methods to get her to do it but could never get anything consistently.
Well today I accidently came across something that worked!!! I remember reading about it once or twice on this forum but never understood how it could work so I didn't try it. Today I accidently tipped her head to the outside of the circle when asking for the canter and she got the right lead as soon as I did that after a couple of times not getting it doing it the normal (english/dressage) way!!!!!! We went back to trot and walk and then tried the transition again, I tipped her head to the outside and she got it again! Yay yay yay yay!!
Now I can work on building her strength on that lead and then start working on softening her up and collecting it and hopefully once she has a lot more strength on that side she wont need such an exaggerated tipping of the head to get her to pick up the lead.