Originally Posted by BMUNCH
My filly has a slight problem with counter canter. What are the causes? I am guessing being imbalanced or lazy... She picks up the right leads on the left, but on the right, her front legs are right and the back legs are wrong.
My old mare used to have the same problem but wouldnt do her right lead, but always did her left.
Maybe its just me!!! :(
A counter canter is when you pick up the INcorrect lead on purpose. For example, tracking left while on the right lead. It is much higher up on the scale than you'd think, it takes a very balanced and very collected horse to do this well.
You are describing a cross-canter or a cross-fire. Meaning one end is on the right lead, the other is on the left. My mare has a tendency to cross-fire, and she does it because of a combination of not being balanced and because her [I can't remember which] leg is a little weaker than the other. I would get a chiropractor out to look at your horse and see if this is something a little adjusting can fix. What helped my mare and I is really working at the trot, lots of transitions, spiraling circles and serpentines. It's helped get that leg stronger and now it's easier for her to push off it at the canter. You also have to make sure that as a rider, you are balanced and aren't listing to one side or the other.
Good luck! It's a long process, but it's entirely fix-able!