Lope - What am I doing wrong?
Hi, I have a question, it's not really a big problem, but it makes me wonder:
I learned English riding (at good riding schools, for many years) and self-trained myself in Western over the last 18 years, using more and more elements from Western riding. I never rode a "real" Western horse, so I don't even know how close I am to "real" Western riding - but the only Western trainer who has ever seen me ride seemed impressed enough and said I had a super-soft hand and might even be able to ride her (very peculiar one-person-only, noone else can even saddle him) horse. Unfortunately we never tried, so I don't know how it would have gone....
Anyway, all that just to say I'm not too bad of a rider...
Now the question: When I get my horse into a lope / canter the "Western way", outer leg slighty back, inner leg passive, impulse with outside leg... she ALWAYS starts on the wrong lead. I have tried it without bending her in any way, with riding a circle to help her in the right lead, with letting her leg-yield from the inside leg before the lope, she will always start on the the lead I did not intend her to start on. When I give her the signals the English way, outer leg back, impulse with inner leg, she jumps right into the right lead.
Since I'm not dogmatic about how to ride, I'm fine with having found a successful way of getting her to lope like I want her to, but I'm still wondering why she reacts this way. I'm sure it's something I'm doing wrong, I'd just like to know what? Any Ideas?
The horse has been under the saddle for 18 months now, solely trained by myself and almost exclusively outside the arena.