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    02-14-2010, 08:06 PM
  #11
Foal
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Originally Posted by Seahorseys    
When you lunge her on the ground, does she pick up the correct lead?
Have not lunged her, yet. Used to lunge ours in an open field back in Wales. Nowhere to do that here without the other horses interfering. Got a round pen but part of it is too soggy at the moment. Either need to re-surface (too expensive at the moment) or wait until it's a bit drier.
     
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    02-15-2010, 03:36 PM
  #12
Foal
A long time ago I remember at an old stables I used to ride at, they had an inexperienced horse and to get him to canter on the correct lead they had a pole sticking out which the horse had to go over or something like that (i really can't remember). You could try asking someone for more information on what that is? Sorry that's not very helpful
     
    02-15-2010, 03:43 PM
  #13
Green Broke
I have a simular problem with my horse, he starts on the left leg (on the left rein) and then changes as if he's giving up :P, I just trot him and then ask for canter again and repeat. I do that until he is cantering on the left leg for several strides then bring him back to trot (before he changes) and give him a pat. He seems to be getting the idea :) I also do this on a tight left hand circle so is harder for him to change. Hope this helped, sometimes I think empathy os the best way.
     
    02-15-2010, 08:57 PM
  #14
Foal
Yes, I will try that. Agree I'm still getting to know my mare. She seems willing, maybe just doesn't know what I'm asking her to do. Perhaps the "cold turkey" switch from Western to English has something to do with it. We'll get there.

Shropshire, UK, eh? I'm from Llangollen. Used to ride with people from Shropshire when I was in the Pony Club.
     
    02-16-2010, 03:21 AM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
If you get vertical and lateral flexion and good control of the hindquarters the leads will cease to be an issue. If you can't leg yeild your horse at a walk and trot then lead changes will be very hard. You should also be able to step your horses hindquarters around at a standstill.
I started another thread on the same subject as I am having the exact same problem. I have quoted Kevin because I can do all of these things. I honestly believe that I have good control of the hind quarters but still can not get Phoenny on to the right lead canter. I have got lots of advice which I have systematically been working through.

For my next trick I intend to try trotting in a small clockwise circle, making sure I am on the correct diagonal and kicking her arse over with a spur to try and trip her onto a right lead. I have been trying to get her on a right lead in a straight line and not crowding her too much if you know what I mean. If this doesn't work I will be flying Kevin over to get my horse to lead with her right foot.
     
    02-16-2010, 09:11 AM
  #16
Showing
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
I started another thread on the same subject as I am having the exact same problem. I have quoted Kevin because I can do all of these things. I honestly believe that I have good control of the hind quarters but still can not get Phoenny on to the right lead canter. I have got lots of advice which I have systematically been working through.

For my next trick I intend to try trotting in a small clockwise circle, making sure I am on the correct diagonal and kicking her arse over with a spur to try and trip her onto a right lead. I have been trying to get her on a right lead in a straight line and not crowding her too much if you know what I mean. If this doesn't work I will be flying Kevin over to get my horse to lead with her right foot.
I remember the suggestion to move your weight a little to the outside, so it would be easier for the horse to start with the inside leg.
     

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