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post #1 of 5 Old 11-13-2011, 01:36 PM Thread Starter
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Left Lead Heeeeelp Please!

I don't even know what do do anymore. Cheyenne just plain refuses it. She used to do it under saddle, but now she won't. She's been vet checked several times and she's perfectly sound. On her own and on the lunge, she'll do it beautifully. I've even had several trainers totally stumped on why she won't. What can I even do to get the lead?
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-13-2011, 01:39 PM
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I don't even know what do do anymore. Cheyenne just plain refuses it. She used to do it under saddle, but now she won't. She's been vet checked several times and she's perfectly sound. On her own and on the lunge, she'll do it beautifully. I've even had several trainers totally stumped on why she won't. What can I even do to get the lead?
She may be sound but maybe sore/stiff on that side. Have you tried and chiro/massage therapist? They sometimes can see and feel things that vets and trainers cannot. Have you checked your saddle? That will definitely do it too on some occasions.

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It sounds like you may be interfering with her. If she does it without you but won't do it with you then YOU are the problem. Work on yielding front and hindquarters standing still first and then move on to a walk and a trot. Make sure that your spine is staying in the middle of your horse. Don't lean and try to pull your horse into the lead. Shift your hips so that you lighten the load on the left front leg but keep your spine in line . Most importantly, relax and let your horse trot right into a canter and take the proper lead.

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It is probably because she is weaker on her right hand side so the back right leg (the one she strikes off with) is weaker ands she much preferes to strike off with the stronger left leg so picks up the wrong lead going to the left. This is then magnified as you ride her because a rider alters a horses balance.. So do work on the right rein to strengthen the right hand side of her like trot polesand she should even up in time!
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I deal with this issue on my husbands horse we recently acquired. A few years ago when he worked for a rodeo company "Zorro" was one of the horses in his string for roping bulls and picking up bucking horses. Back then he was light and responsive. Since then and now many people have used that horse, especially for team roping. Which my biggest complaint about some team ropers (This doesn't apply to all ropers of course!) they only lope their horses on the left lead therefor making a very unbalanced horse.

So I have been dealing with the same thing. I am spending a lot of time re-teaching him how to set up for a lead departure. I do a lot of circles with his haunches in. I make sure I can move his shoulders where I want and move his ribs and of course his hind end. When I am setting up for a left lead departure I collect him, drive him over the bit, use my right leg to push his haunches to the left(but not too much as to lose his forward motion) use my left leg at cinch to move his rib cage over to the right, the rib cage has to be moved in order for him to reach up with that hind inside leg. And also I bring his nose slightly into the circle and twist my lower arm as if I was opening a door to pick up his inside shoulder, if the shoulder is dropped he will not pick up the correct lead. When he's ready I will smooch at him to ask for the lope. But I might just ask for proper body position and as soon as I get it from him I release to reinforce that is what I am asking for. This also keeps from anticipating loping off. I see people, and I catch myself, looking at the shoulder while asking for the lead departure rather than feeling it. When you look at the shoulder you automatically lean that way and your not sitting balanced.

I really feel for you, this can be a very aggravating problem. Especially knowing that he is perfectly capable of doing it correctly.

Best of Luck!
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