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    07-20-2011, 06:40 PM
Loping a young horse for the first time question

Ive been riding my new mare for the past month off and on. She originally had 60 days as a 2 year old then she was put out for another year and when I bought her I rode her home that day. First time she was rode in a year. She has a great temperate. I let the breeder take her for a trip to the mountains because I couldn’t make it but it was good for her so he took her. She came home a couple days ago and I rode her last night. So far I have her really soft in the mouth and responding to my legs very well. She side passes, slides to a stop by just sitting down – no pulling on the reins required, backs up and works the wall. I haven’t loped her yet but she’s ready for it. When I lunge her and ask for her to lope she never picks up her correct lead and most the time is disengaged. I always stop her and ask her to try again till she gets it. Now, for the first time I start to lope her if she picks up her wrong lead what is the best thing to do? Stop her immediately and ask her again? Any tips would be greatly appreciated...

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    07-20-2011, 06:51 PM
Depends on the horse, I normally do one of 2 things. I will either stop and ask again or just tighten the circle down a bit smaller to make it uncomfortable for them to keep the incorrect lead. Lots of times, they will either do a flying change on their own or drop down to a trot and then pick up the correct one. As she builds up her balance and strength, she'll be quicker and smoother in picking up the correct lead.
    07-20-2011, 06:53 PM
Thanks Smrobs - Ill try both tonight and see what happens..
    07-20-2011, 07:17 PM
With a young horse, I usually will lunge them at the canter on a nice, large circle but for a while, I will just ask for the canter on trail, going in straight lines or following the trail and not worrying so much about the lead they are on as developing a good, relaxed canter. Circles are hard on young legs. She looks like she's a very pretty girl :)
    07-21-2011, 01:11 AM
If she's that resonsive and soft, I wouldn't sweat it too much. If she's what she looks like (a well-bred cowhorse), she'll get it pretty fast, just drop down to a trot and let her try again. Or you can circle and see if she switches like smrobs said, it just hurts my back to be in the wrong lead
    07-21-2011, 01:15 AM

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    07-21-2011, 03:09 AM
If your horse is supple through her body and you have good control of her front and hindquarters then there is no reason why you can't set her up at a trot to take the proper lead. If you lope her and she takes the wrong lead the fault is yours and you need to think about what happened before what happened, happened.
    07-21-2011, 01:21 PM
I rode her last night and she did pretty good. Picked up her wrong lead the first time and I just brought her back down to a trot and asked her again in a corner and she picked it up right away.

Im really looking forward to this mares future..so far she's been a natural at every thing

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