How can I tell if i'm on the correct lead in a canter??

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How can I tell if i'm on the correct lead in a canter??

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    11-30-2010, 11:50 AM
Talking 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?
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    11-30-2010, 11:51 AM
More experienced riders can feel it, but it kind of comes with practice. If you look down, your inside foreleg should be stretching forward further than the outside.

So if you're going left, the left foreleg will be stretching forward 'leading' the horse and right is just the opposite.
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    11-30-2010, 11:53 AM
So if i'm going to the left my inside leg should be the one extending the most? And same with the right?
    11-30-2010, 11:53 AM
If I were at a show and on the wrong lead I would fix it right then. Not wait.
    11-30-2010, 11:55 AM
Originally Posted by TurnNBurn625    
if I were at a show and on the wrong lead I would fix it right then. Not wait.
Okay thanks cause I've seen them take points of for horses that are on the wrong lead and go to a trot to fix it and they took points off for that since it was an only canter. But thanks(:
    11-30-2010, 11:56 AM

And at a show I would also fix it immediately.
    11-30-2010, 11:56 AM
Okay thanks! I'll try it later today(:
    11-30-2010, 07:50 PM
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.
    12-01-2010, 01:44 AM
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.

(kind of 1,2,3 and tiny pause, 1,2,3)
    12-01-2010, 01:47 AM
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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.

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