My horse has always picked up correct canter leads when asked until the last several months. Now he will not pick up a right canter lead, always a left lead. He is VERY well balanced because he can counter canter and you will not realize it unless you are paying attention.
I can free lunged him, put him on a lunge line, with or without side reins and he will pick up the correct canter lead each time. The moment I get on him...
This is telling me there is an issue with me, and I believe I know where the problem lies. I had a congenital dislocated hip (a birth defect where my hip was not formed correctly) which I have had issues with over the years, but has not kept me out of the saddle until last winter. Now arthritis has set in and I cannot get my right hip to engage correctly.
Can anyone give me some advice on what I can do? How can I get the lead without using my hip?