[quote=Marecare;639397]I try not to spend too much time with the horse in a circle at first and find that straight line work and hill work is best in the early muscle building stages.[QUOTE]
Well, she's not two until August. Lunging, ground-driving, and going for walks is about all we can do at this point. I lunge to get her moving a bit and work on her verbal cues. We do take walks up a pretty decent hill though, maybe once a week. I love hill work. =]
If you start ground driving with two reins, it is easier.
We've started ground-driving, and once we get solid at it, I will begin some double-lunging. I have a long ways to go before I even start getting on her, so we're doing a lot of groundwork to keep her engaged.
I had a thread that vaguely related to leads, and someone (forgot who) suggested asking for the canter when her weight is on her inside hind. This only works if she's dead-on responsive to the cues, though.
I've heard that too. Unfortunately, it takes a stride or two of trot for her to pick up the canter. I'll do some fiddling and see. If she always takes two strides and then canters, I can time it.
You should be asking and expecting the correct lead pretty much from the beginning.
Failure to get the correct lead is usually the result of the horse not having the balance or muscle development to achieve it......................or the lunger not timing the aids or assisting the horse to achieve it.
I would point out though that lunging was never really designed for the canter or the walk but the trot. This does not mean you can't do it though.
For first timers position yourself in a corner so that the horse will be against a wall ( and have a "corner" ) for approximately 1/4 of the arc of the circle.Then with a shortening of the lunge line a step or two before asking and releasing the line to enlarge the circle at the moment of asking along with asking for the canter as the horse approaches the corner will give the horse the best opportunity to get a correct lead....no guarantees but should have the best results.
I am definitely not a professional lunger. I want them to know how, and I use it to check soundness, but I don't spend a lot of time lunging when I could be riding. Right now, I'm just in the process of teaching Gracie. So I really don't now how to correctly assist through the transition, lol. Maybe this is just going to lead to heaps of problems further down the road. O_O
I will definitely try what you suggested, while trying to combine asking while her weight is on the inside hind.
Remember that horses have two sides, Bill and Bob. Different in all aspects and what you teach Bill you have to teach Bob. If Bob needs more time to pick something up then work with Bob more.
Teehee. Exactly. New direction, new brain. =] I also want to pay more attention to the lead she picks up while running around the pasture. It's just so odd. She is better going to the left, and not so great tracking right, but she seems to be right-sided. Very tricky indeed.
Thank you, EVERYONE! I really appreciate all your help. =]