I never found it much of a big problem.....In my mind, I only have to memorize half a pattern because it's almost the exact same on the differant rein.
The Equestrian team aptternf or this year is NRHA pattern #2. I like this pattern a lot.
You just go to the center, pick up the right lead. Lope a small slow circle, then two large fast circles, then change leads.
Now here it's easy. I know I do one small slow and two large fast on the other rein.
Now, sicne I haven't done any spins or stops yet and only one lead change, I know I still have those. So I know that changing leads is next. I always look over the pattern beforehand and I know I have to run down the centerline.
The first rollback is almost always to the right....I've never run a pattern where it's not. So I know after my first stop I have a right rollback, and the next stop is the left rollback.
Now I know what manuevers I have left: Third stop, back, and spins on both sides.
Now, being logical, I know the third stop is going to come first. And I know that it's not another rollback so I have to back up to the center.
Spins normally go to the right first as well. So I know I have four spins to the right, then four spins to the left.
Now on that note, I know a lot of people who are incapable of memorizing like I do with the "Half-pattern" method, but I know a lot of people who can do it so I figured I'd share.
What might help is open up paint on your computer or get some markers and draw the differant gaits/manuevers in differant colors.....
Good luck! Let me know if you need any help ^_^
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.