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post #1 of 24 Old 04-09-2010, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
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Correct Lead When Loping Staright?

Is there a correct lead to go on when loping straight, like on trail or through a pasture? I know about leads in the arena and stuff, but I'm not sure if it matters when you are just loping on the trail/around the yard.
Does it? :)
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If you are going to take a right or left turn you should be on the correct lead but if you are just going in a straight line then no, but make sure you do get the lead you ask for. They'll probably automatically pick up whichever is easier.

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If I am just loping across a pasture or down a ditch, I let them pick up whatever lead they want. Sometimes I will cue them just to remind them but generally I let them choose. However, if I know that I have a turn coming up then I will sometimes cue for it when I ask for the lope. Other times I will let them pick their lead and then ask for the change just before the turn.

Basically, the correct lead is the lead that you want them in, whether it be right or left.

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I never let a horse pick his own lead. I always always tell him which I want.
If there is a turn coming up soon I pick the correct lead for that turn.
On the long long staights I try and work both leads equally doing half the run on one lead and the other half on the other lead.
If is is a short run I keep track of the last lead the horse worked on and choose the other.
I really try hard to work both leads equally.
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I was in the shower preparing for my hot date at 5 and it dawned on me??
I don't know how to ask for any lead??

I never allow a horse to trot faster and faster and then break into a lope. I want a horse when told to trot , to hold that trot weather I push it or pull it back into a slow jog, he must maintain the gate.
To lope I go from a stand still or walk, never a trot.
To get a lope I lean back, shift my weight to the right of left check and move the same leg back behind the girth and squeeze him like tooth paste into a lope.
I have to pick the lead, no other way to ask for a lope then either use the left or right leg, both gets you a trot.
Once I decide to lope I pick the lead and then go through my asking routine. If he gets the wrong one I have to correct him or I am negatively training him. If he does get the wrong one I say a strong NO and he drops the lope, walks and we again try for the right one.

If a horse is use to walk , trot , canter the horse then gets the dicision weather he trots or canters?? Going down hill leading others he might break the nice trot to lope and that plays hell on people following.
Teach pace, teach a horse to hold a gate no matter what and you have a better trail horse.
I can go 6 mile an hour or 12 and still be trotting or I can drop the lope down to a stall like going through a ditch or across a major highway and he will hold the gate. I regulate pace, he holds the gate.
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Agree with everyone else said.
Just a side note - Most horses tend to be "left footed", I've found that to be the more common lead picked up without cues.
Until you ask for it. Then it's all on the right. :p

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On a long straight I like to try to use my horse's weaker side so I get some free space to work on it. For example, my horse has a weaker left lead because his right side isn't as strong, so I would pick that lead to improve his balance while helping him get under himself properly.

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Most horses tend to be "left footed", I've found that to be the more common lead picked up without cues.
Until you ask for it. Then it's all on the right. :p
Are horses left handed or right handed?? Do leads come from the back or the front? Do horses choose the same lead front and back?
If a horse favours his left front does this mean he is pushing off from his right hind?
Does this mean that a horse is actually right handed and not left?
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Are horses left handed or right handed?? Do leads come from the back or the front? Do horses choose the same lead front and back?
If a horse favours his left front does this mean he is pushing off from his right hind?
Does this mean that a horse is actually right handed and not left?
WHAT?!?
I have no clue why you posted that- sarcasm, or real question?
Horses have sides, like my one mare was left-sided, but her buddy was right-sided.
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