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        10-13-2008, 12:53 PM
      #1
    Green Broke
    Leads

    My pony WILL NOT pick up the right (literally the right) lead. He will pick up the left but not the right.

    Seriously, the lady who owned him had a pony club THEY GOT RID OF HIM because they could not get him to pick up the right lead.

    I'v had him check out, there is nothing physically wrong with him.

    I'v tried everything.
         
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        10-13-2008, 01:00 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Will he do it on the lunge line? In the pasture? Does he know he has a right front foot?

    Saddleseat trick (been very successful so far):

    - take pony across the ring. As you are approaching the rail, turn his head to the railside, and cue with your leg while lifting in a bumping motion with left hand. Don't quit until you have a canter. (cue from the walk)

    Hope this helps
         
        10-13-2008, 01:01 PM
      #3
    Banned
    There was a horse at my old barn that would not pick up his left lead to save his life....we managed to possibly get it twice but not for long.

    Have you tried doing circles? And going smaller until he switches?
    What about flying lead changes if he knows that...
    How are you asking for the canter? If you ask in a certain way, how about trying different ways of asking to see if possibly he is getting cues confused.
    That's all I can really think of....guess I wasn't too helpful
         
        10-13-2008, 01:02 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    Will do it on the lunge line, but it take a lot of pushing. In the pasture he doesnt canter at all ;] He'd rather trot. Unless its an open field or he is throwing a fit.
         
        10-13-2008, 01:02 PM
      #5
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SonnyWimps    
    there was a horse at my old barn that would not pick up his left lead to save his life....we managed to possibly get it twice but not for long.

    Have you tried doing circles? And going smaller until he switches?
    What about flying lead changes if he knows that...
    How are you asking for the canter? If you ask in a certain way, how about trying different ways of asking to see if possibly he is getting cues confused.
    That's all I can really think of....guess I wasn't too helpful
    Tried that. & No he doesn't do lead changes. At all.
         
        10-13-2008, 01:07 PM
      #6
    Banned
    Hmmmm....I really have no more suggestions, thankfully all the horse's I've ridden know their leads so I've never really had to work with a horse like that.
    What about cantering figure eights? Stopping him in the middle to a trot, then ask again to pick up the new lead. That's my last idea
         
        10-13-2008, 01:08 PM
      #7
    Green Broke
    Will he stay on that lead on the lunge, or does he swap?

    I'd be interested to hear how the saddleseat trick works...
         
        10-13-2008, 01:12 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    I'll try the saddleseat trick tonight actually. But no, he doesn't switch he just breaks. Alot. He hates to canter, its like almost too much of a hassle for him and he'd rather just trot. Seriosuly, it takes alot of effort for me to get him to canter in general even in an open field. I don't know why.
         
        10-13-2008, 01:15 PM
      #9
    Green Broke
    I'm sorry, I know it isn't funny, but the way you've described this pony has me in stitches
         
        10-13-2008, 01:21 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    You'd like him ;] Hesa interesting little thing.
         

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