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  • How to help horse get correct lead on straightaway
  • Pick up wrong lead in equitation class

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    05-29-2011, 10:52 PM
Right lead help

Hi everyone!
I just got a new Irish Draught and he hasn't really been doing much his entire life :P
I am an equitation rider and I have a very good trainer, but...
Goliath likes his left lead and sometimes if I am on the straight away I wont get the right lead. My trainer tells me to push his butt off the rail, and counter bend him and use outside leg and most of the time that works but as some of you may know in a flat class you don't always have that much time and it doesn't help that he likes the ingate.
Sometimes when i'm riding he will pick up the left lead when tracking to the right and I'm afraid i'm going to train him. I can't just circle him off the rail for the right lead. Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks!
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    06-04-2011, 02:32 AM
My horse is the same. We pretty much fixed it entirely in the warm up for a dressage comp. My friend's horse has the same issue and she had me sit deep and tall, half halt and bring my outside leg right back and kick him hard twice. Between kicks have a noticeable time for the horse where there is no leg pressure so its like bang mini pause bang. And don't be afraid to pick up that inside rein and really physically bring his head to the inside. Amir only picks up the wrong lead occasionally now and once I've brought him back and ask again he gets it right.
Lots of transitions to soften him up as well. I change it up constantly by 10 walk steps and 4 trot steps. Keep him on his toes so to speak
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    06-04-2011, 06:33 PM
I've known a lot of trainers that tell you to counterbend to pick up the correct lead, and yes it does work, but its very bad because then you have to counterbend them to get them to do it and in a show that can really cost you. My trainer always has us pick up the inside rein or the rein I'm turning with at the same time I cue the canter, that way they associate that direction and bend to that lead. If he won't do it on a straight away it's because he doesn't have to. On a turn, they need the balance, but on a straight away he doesnt. Maybe if you work on the cue over and over again on turns or in a round pen, he'll pick it up better. Or work on transitions. Correct if he gets it wrong and reward when he gets it right (usually best reward is stopping). Hope this helps!

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