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post #1 of 2 Old 11-07-2010, 07:44 PM Thread Starter
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Standard Lead Cues and Teaching Leads

I'm helping to train a four-year-old spotted saddle horse mare. Her owner claims to be getting too old to train her by himself, so I get my first little training job. He wants me to teach her canter leads. She's a good little horse and I don't expect any trouble.

The only thing is I want to make sure I'm teaching her right, so... What is the "standard" way to ask for leads? How should I start off teaching her? I was planning on doing it in the round pen. Put her in one direction, cue, let her go for a while once she gets it right, then let her stop and pet her...
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post #2 of 2 Old 11-10-2010, 05:50 PM
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Okay so doing leads is fun but can be tricky later on if done incorrectly. Chances are that you won't "ruin" her or even "mess-her up"... :) So, a round pen or ring will both work, but you have the right idea of working on a circle. Without being too extreme, it throws your horse off to pick up the right lead most time. Controversially, there is no "correct" cue combo for the canter however, ouside leg, and inside rein works really well. Make you'r outside leg concise, and don't hold the cue there. If the quick cue just speeds up a trot, then before making her canter anyway and inforcing the "rushing", just bring them back, and try again. "Inside rein" is not an actually cue, it's like a reminder and signal. Use a little bit of rein, and flick your inside wrist to force a bend to the inside. It shouldn't make your horse turn, but your horse should have some neck bend so you can see the outline of their inside nostril and eye. Also, after a few weeks/months working on canter and as your horse develops, try walk to canter transitions. You'll be able to really perfect your cues and make your horse work and develop mentally. Any Q's, PM me, and good luck!
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