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KatrinaB 02-14-2010 06:00 PM

How do I make my horse canter on the correct leg?
 
Nice natured quarter-horse. Have had her six weeks. Don't know *much* history, but she is good to ride, generally. I have switched her from Western to English (I'm a Brit). Just spent an hour trying to get her to canter on her left leg. Tried neck-reining, pulling on inside, offside leg behind, inside leg forward, smaller and caller circles until I thought she really MUST canter on the left leg. But, no, she still started on the right. I don't know how she does it. Feels very strange and almost unstable. Any ideas? Thank you.

kevinshorses 02-14-2010 06:10 PM

If you get vertical and lateral flexion and good control of the hindquarters the leads will cease to be an issue. If you can't leg yeild your horse at a walk and trot then lead changes will be very hard. You should also be able to step your horses hindquarters around at a standstill.

KatrinaB 02-14-2010 06:13 PM

Thanks, I'm not trying to get her to change her lead, just trying to to get her to lead on the left leg from a trot. Nothing fancy. :-)

kevinshorses 02-14-2010 06:16 PM

Same thing. If you can get done what I suggested you will have no problem taking the correct lead.

Seahorseys 02-14-2010 06:35 PM

Does she do it from the ground? Canter on the correct lead I mean...

KatrinaB 02-14-2010 06:36 PM

Thanks, again. She needs some significant training. Most horses I've ridden (trained and untrained) cantered on the correct leg if they were going in a circle. Ah well. That'll teach me. At least it'll keep me busy. Getting back into horses after a 25-year lay-off. Still at the beginning of a steep re-learning curve.

KatrinaB 02-14-2010 06:38 PM

Not sure what you mean...help me out. Steep learning curve as I get back into riding after a long (25 years) lay-off. (Side note: how do I upload a picture. Didn't seem to be in My Profile).

Spyder 02-14-2010 06:53 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KatrinaB (Post 552904)
Nice natured quarter-horse. Have had her six weeks. Don't know *much* history, but she is good to ride, generally. I have switched her from Western to English (I'm a Brit). .

If she was trained western then she may be a "smootch" horse.

So many (esp western) do a "kiss' or "smootch" or "cluck" (sounds like a barn when they ride...lol) that this could be the case.:wink:

I have always scratched my head when this is done to lope the horse and wonder.....does a double smootch mean left and a single smooth mean right lead?

Seahorseys 02-14-2010 07:00 PM

When you lunge her on the ground, does she pick up the correct lead?

KatrinaB 02-14-2010 07:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Spyder (Post 552956)
So many (esp western) do a "kiss' or "smootch" or "cluck" (sounds like a barn when they ride...lol) that this could be the case.:wink:

Talk about "divided by a common language!" I'm getting there, slowly. Making friends who ride well and can translate what I'm trying to do in English to Western (or vice versa) so I can figure out how to do it. Basically, the same, of course. But there are differences. I think Josie (the mare in question) will learn English soon enough. She's a sweetie.


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