How can I tell if i'm on the correct lead in a canter??
So I alwayssss have trouble with this. How can you tell? Do you look down? And when you are at a show and you are on the wrong lead do you go to a trot and fix it or do you just go with it until the next turn?
I used to always have trouble with figuring out how to "see" leads. I can feel them now most of the time, but then it was a big issue. If you're counting the beats in your head (1-2-3-1-2-3-1-2-3) I found that the leading leg would land on the second beat, which made it easier to tell which leg I was looking for if the extension was minor. This may not be the case. If you're counting with the back legs first, it will be the third beat, and if you count the leading leg first it will be first.
If you count canter, the leading leg is always counted as three because genereally it feels like it lands the hardest and because after that foot hits and rebounds is the moment of suspension before the rear leg begins again.
I glance down if I can't feel it. If I am at a show, I do it sneakily so the judge doesnt see.
I look to see if the inside leg is "leading" the way. If your horse feels all wonky going around the corner, then you are probably on the wrong lead.
For a flat class...fix the lead as soon as possible....with either a flying change, or a simple change. For a hunter class over fences, most people change the lead in the corner after the jump if they did not get it over the fence.