Originally Posted by northernmama
OK -- I'm learning here too. I've never done any of this stuff, but I'd like to. So if I understand it, to ask for a left lead, to go to the left, I should put my left leg ON the girth and my right leg BEHIND the girth? This seems completely backwards to me. For a left lead, the horse will strike out with the left foot first and ahead, right?
if you are going counter-clock wise you will ask by putting your RIGHT leg farther back behind the girth and squeezing with that leg...the left leg will just stay in place. Most horses (if fully trained) will know that as the cue for a canter...for a greener horse, you'll want to combine that cue with possibly a kick, cluck, or something that will get that horse to speed up and go into the canter.
For counter-clockwise you want the LEFT leg (the horse's left leg) to lead
If you want I can try to get a video of me asking for leads on Sonny if that would help.