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post #1 of 4 Old 12-12-2010, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Training a horse to pick up leads.

Hey guys I just got a 5 year old qh and he is pretty well trained all except he can't pick up his leads at all. I'm not sure how to train him to pick up the right leads. How do you guys do it?
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First you MUST have complete control over the whole horses body. If you can not control the horses hip and such you will never get the correct lead. They also have to have the muscle and balance. Start by getting the horse responsive to your leg. Once you can get the horse to walk and move their hip over at the same time you will find that picking up the correct lead will be a piece of cake.

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Once you have done what nrhreiner suggested you should be able to get the correct leads. If it still does not work, a circle in a steady, controlled trot just before the transition should help him pick up the correct lead.
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Once you have done what nrhreiner suggested you should be able to get the correct leads. If it still does not work, a circle in a steady, controlled trot just before the transition should help him pick up the correct lead.
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a circle is a good thing to start your canter with because your horse is already bent in the correct direction. trot a circle tracking left get a nice steady trot and a good bend all the way threw your horses body. ask for the canter on the left lead by applying your outside leg (your right leg) behind the girth. and he should step up into the canter on the left lead. for the right lead do the same thing trot to the right and when you are ready for the canter apply that outside left leg and he should bring up that right lead. you ask with the opposite leg because the first leg a horse steps up into the canter is their back leg. for the right lead their left hind leg will be the first to start the canter and vice versa. soon you can ask on a straight away and depending on what leg you cue him with is wat lead he will bring up.
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