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post #11 of 12 Old 10-04-2010, 11:23 AM
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Yes, you are fixing it correctly. I see you already discovered that she is dropping that inside shoulder.
Hip control, moving the hip into the lead is important, but at the same time you have to make sure that inside shoulder is up and the horse is not leaning on it.
Holding that inside rein up against that inside shoulder will give you that shoulder control
Also, a green horse will often lean on that inside shoulder, and if they do, I will first fix that before asking for the lope departure. I do this by bumping them around on a turn on the haunches in the opposite direction of the lead you want, to get them off of that inside shoulder, then set them up again for the lead departure
Hope you had a good show, as I got to this post late
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post #12 of 12 Old 10-08-2010, 05:11 PM
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I found this video on youtube helpful, when my mare kept taking the wrong lead. I'm not sure if it will help with your circling problem, and you may find it a bit "amateur hour" as I am very new to training techniques, but I thought I'd post it anyways just in case it would help :)

By moving the hip over in the direction of the lead you want your horse to pick up, put the horse a bit off balance and forces him/her to use the correct lead. Probably not the prettiest move at first, but after a while your horse will retain muscle memory, and instinctively pick up the correct lead. (Or so it seems, I'm very new)

I hope it helps!

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