Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flower Mound, TX
After thinking about some more, especially after what AlexS wrote, I do believe I caused this. He picks up his leads from the ground in the round pen and the arena just fine and the arena was just watered and dragged, so it's not the footing either. What I've been doing is always ask for the left canter first, knowing he'll likely not give it to me, I try bend to the inside, bend to the outside, before the corner, in the corner, after the corner, after a circle etc, but the result is often the same; the wrong lead. So I ask for trot after a few strides. I thought this would show him that just because he won't give it to me, doesn't mean I'll stop asking.
However this sounds a lot like what he's now doing on his own to the right, a few strides and then trot. On the trail he's never asked to trot after a few strides, because he picks up the lead I ask for and can keep going.
So I probably created a monster, because in his mind cantering in the arena is about the transition and then back to trot. How do I fix this one?