Getting horse to pick up the right lead.

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    07-27-2010, 09:38 PM
Getting horse to pick up the right lead.

My horse is having troubles picking up her left lead, she always gets the wrong one.
She automatically goes on the right lead to the right, and she used to do it to the left, but it takes a few tries before she gets the right one.

Does anyone have tips on how to get her doing it automatically again?
I have a western pleasure show in about a month, and she needs to know her left lead perfectly by then.

Also, in western pleasure classes, do you have to use one hand and neck rein?

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    07-27-2010, 09:49 PM
If this is something that she just started to develop but previously had no problem with, then something with her has changed. Are you sure that you are balanced in the saddle and asking her correctly? If so, then it might be a physical issue. Does she seem stiff, sore, or uncomfortable in the left lead? Does she carry her head or neck funny or maybe swish her tail more? It could be a barely noticeable lameness in a foot or maybe she is out somewhere. I would start with your position and cues first and then maybe see about seeing a chiro or vet if nothing changes.

Also, if you are showing in a curb bit or the horse is more than 5 years old (?), then you have to use one hand and neck rein in all western classes.
    07-27-2010, 10:07 PM
Thanks smrobs :) I am balanced in the saddle, but I know it's my cues. What I was kind of trying to ask was what cues would work best to get her to pick up the right lead?

Okay thanks, she is 14 yrs old, so I guess she will for sure have to be neck reined. Haha I thought so, but was just checking :)
    07-27-2010, 10:15 PM
It really depends on what cues she was trained to respond to. I will usually apply outside leg and, if they need a bit more encouragement, tip their nose to the inside.
    07-28-2010, 03:09 AM
Thank you smrobs! :)

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