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    05-04-2011, 09:54 PM
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Foal
Getting my horse on the right lead

So my gelding has been in training and has been doing fantastic. However, since yesterday he has been giving us trouble on his RIGHT lead. I get thrown all over the place and it's veyr hard to balance and focus on direction because he isn't using the right lead. Today I faught with him because he just wasn't understanding what I was asking and started getting mad. Throwing some little bucks and being aggressive. He is not in pain because the trainer said he did GREAT with her. Any help on getting him on the right lead?
     
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    05-04-2011, 11:48 PM
  #2
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Put down a ground pole in a corner and bend the head in and ask for the canter right before the pole, be aware, the horse might jump the pole, but they will 99% of the time get the right lead.
     
    05-04-2011, 11:51 PM
  #3
Foal
Does your horse have trouble picking up the right lead without someone on him? You can check this when you are lunging him on or off the line.

If he has no problems and if the trainer had no problems, it is most likely your balance being off. Even if you don't have problems with other horses, it could be because they are stronger and more schooled. If your hip is tweaked or rotated in any direction, or if you are sitting more on one side than the other, it could be enough to cue your horse to pick up the left lead instead of the right, even when you are tracking right.
     
    05-05-2011, 12:12 AM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by olympustraining    
Does your horse have trouble picking up the right lead without someone on him? You can check this when you are lunging him on or off the line.

If he has no problems and if the trainer had no problems, it is most likely your balance being off. Even if you don't have problems with other horses, it could be because they are stronger and more schooled. If your hip is tweaked or rotated in any direction, or if you are sitting more on one side than the other, it could be enough to cue your horse to pick up the left lead instead of the right, even when you are tracking right.
Well you see like I said to the other poster, he did good with her early that day, but got on him when she noticed he wasn't picking up the right lead and he still didn't cooperate even with her. He started bucking and just fast trotting around because she kept pulling his head more to the right and trying to lope him off and he just wasn't having it. He hasn't figured out his leads yet which could be why. I try my best with my balance and it is good for the MOST part. I know I need to work on it more BUT even the trainer was saying he just hasn't figured out his leads. I will try to round pen him tomorrow and see if he is picking up the right lead. Like I said he is fine with his left lead, it's just his right
     
    05-05-2011, 12:15 AM
  #5
Foal
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Originally Posted by AlexS    
put down a ground pole in a corner and bend the head in and ask for the canter right before the pole, be aware, the horse might jump the pole, but they will 99% of the time get the right lead.
We have cones in each corner of the arena. Far appart from the fence to be able to do wide circles with. We tried to trot him, turn him right AROUND the cone and ask for a quick lope. Still didn't catch it. The trainer asked as well and he wasn't getting it. She rides him six days a week and I ride 4 days. She rides him bfore I come so I will see what she says about him tomorrow when I come to ride. Like I said, he did fine for her earlier that day. And don't get me wrong he IS loping when I ask, just not on the right lead and it is NO FUN!
     
    05-05-2011, 12:22 AM
  #6
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Originally Posted by touchofsleep    
So my gelding has been in training and has been doing fantastic. However, since yesterday he has been giving us trouble on his RIGHT lead. I get thrown all over the place and it's veyr hard to balance and focus on direction because he isn't using the right lead. Today I faught with him because he just wasn't understanding what I was asking and started getting mad. Throwing some little bucks and being aggressive. He is not in pain because the trainer said he did GREAT with her.Let me refrase that a little. He did great with her earlier that day. Let me refrase this a bit. He did good with her earlier that day before I came. As soon as she noticed his lead was off she told me to get off so she could show me what she was explaining to me. He was still leading with the wrong one and that's when he started fighting with her because he just wasn't understanding what she was asking. She trains him 6 days out of the week before I come to train (about 4 days/week) and she said he was doing fine. Then when she noticed he wasn't using the right lead with me, she told me to get off so she could show me exactly what she was talking about and he STILL wasn't using the correct lead. Then he started fighting because he just wasn't understanding and it was pissing him off. Now he lopes off when I ask without hesitation. He just isn't using his right lead. Trainer even said he hasn't learned his lead just yet but it's about time he gets it. Any help on getting him on the right lead
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    05-05-2011, 12:25 AM
  #7
Foal
We then tried this. It was WAY too hot to leave him like that for too long so he stood like that for about 3-5 minutes. Then we tried again and he still fussed with it.
     
    05-05-2011, 12:41 AM
  #8
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Originally Posted by touchofsleep    
Well you see like I said to the other poster, he did good with her early that day, but got on him when she noticed he wasn't picking up the right lead and he still didn't cooperate even with her. He started bucking and just fast trotting around because she kept pulling his head more to the right and trying to lope him off and he just wasn't having it. He hasn't figured out his leads yet which could be why. I try my best with my balance and it is good for the MOST part. I know I need to work on it more BUT even the trainer was saying he just hasn't figured out his leads. I will try to round pen him tomorrow and see if he is picking up the right lead. Like I said he is fine with his left lead, it's just his right
He'll need to be able to get his balance and leads on the ground before you throw a rider into the mix.
     
    05-05-2011, 01:13 AM
  #9
Foal
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Originally Posted by olympustraining    
He'll need to be able to get his balance and leads on the ground before you throw a rider into the mix.
Ok well i'm going to continue training on him so idk. I also said he was using his right lead just fine and it was the left that he had trouble with. Now it's the other way around. A lot of it could have to do with me but I know that so I'm obviously forcusing on my balance too. He might have been having a bad day but thanks anyways. We will figure it out i'm sure
     
    05-05-2011, 02:02 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Subing. I'm curious to see what people suggest
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