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        05-25-2013, 02:00 AM
    Right Lead Issues!

    So I'm going to be leasing a mare this coming month who is the most level headed, easy going, well mannered horse I've ever met! She's fairly young (around 6) and is guessed to be an appendix. Apparently whoever owned her before didn't do much ring work, and let the mare always canter left lead. Never bothered correcting her cause she '[goes] better left anyway'. *head-desk* So she's a sweetheart that gives it her all, but she hates picking up the right lead! She's been in consistent work with a trainer this past month who's been working on her and has gotten her SO much more balanced. She can now canter a circle to the right without falling over. BUT she still doesn't pick up the right lead without much persistence on the rider's part. I can get her into the right lead if I turn her very tightly to the right as I ask for the canter, so it's not that I CAN'T get the right lead. (What's really annoying is that she can manage a left lead in a 5 meter right circle!) I'm asking are there any ways to make her pick it up easier? Any good exercises to get her to pick it up better?

    I know with consistent work she'll be better. I plan on doing lots of transitions and circles. Just asking for other's advice! Maybe get some new ideas and approaches I hadn't thought of :)
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        05-25-2013, 03:29 PM
    Have you ruled out pain issues too?
        05-25-2013, 03:59 PM
    Green Broke
    Have you tried turning her haunches to the center, then asking? Also, try leg yeildinh out on a circle. When you feel the weight come off that front right shoulder ask for the canter.
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        05-25-2013, 04:45 PM
    Subbing, as I am in a similar situation, only it's *me* that has let him get away with always being on the left lead, as up to recently I could have any two of steering, staying on, or horse being correct, but not all three. :blush: Now I want all three and it's not going to be easy to fix my own mistakes.
        05-25-2013, 09:02 PM
    Also subbing.
        05-25-2013, 11:21 PM
    Her owner says she sees a chiropractor regularly only because her other horse needs it, so she lets him work on her too. Apparently she used to be as flexible as a 2x4 and could barely bend.

    When she strikes the right lead, she listens for a little while, but then she tries to do a haunches in at the canter. She's just starting to understand leg yielding, and she's really lazy so it takes a bit of leg to keep her going and keep her straight.

    I try to block her with my leg when she goes crooked, but I only have so much leg (and truth be told, it's not a lot!)
        05-26-2013, 02:31 PM
    Do lots of lateral work and get good control of the hips, spurs will help if you know how to properly ride with them. Once you have control of the hips you can control the lead and hold her in it.
        05-26-2013, 03:53 PM
    Anyone know any good strength exercises? My guy will pick it up correctly in the round pen, but seems to tire easily- after a few transitions or 3-4 circles he starts trying to counter-canter or speed trot rather than picking it up properly. Under saddle, the same thing, but somewhat worse since he also will try to duck out of the circle as well. Or just more of the same? Which I can certainly do... but it's kinda boring... ;)
        05-26-2013, 08:49 PM
    Trot and canter up hills. Does great things for the topline.

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