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.