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post #1 of 6 Old 02-26-2015, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Lameness? Trouble With Correct Lead

Recently I have been riding my coming 7 year old mare more often. She was only being ridden once every 2 weeks, but is now being ridden about 3x a week. I took a lesson with my trainer about 2 months ago and I have been riding Her consistently. When at the lesson, she was having trouble picking up her less dominant lead. I have been working on this lead more than the other in hopes that she would learn to correct her wrong lead. She is getting the correct lead now, but has become "lame" I guess you could say. When even jogging her to the right, she anticipates me asking her to lope. When asked to lope to the right, she will pin her ears, swish her tail, and kick out and me and then picks up the correct lead. When she is in the correct lead, she completely drops her shoulder to the inside and will not pick up that shoulder. She will then rush through and will almost being running at a gallop, which tells me she off somewhere. What could this be? Her saddle fits fine, and she is in great shape other wise. I'm just at a loss As to where this lameness is comin from! Any help would be appreciated :)
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so, let's say the "bad" lead is to the right, as an example. you are saying she will take a right lead, but will drop her right shoulder and power around the circle, without being able to BEND enough to keep her inside shoulder up. thus, she is forced to go faster to keep from falling on her face.

so, if that is true, it seems like it must hav something to do with being unable to bend, or to step her inside hind under her belly.

any chance you can take a video?
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Yes I can try for a video. To me it's sounding like a hock lameness... From what Ive read. And with you saying she's having trouble getting her hind leg under her, points me to hocks again.... Hmmmm. Would you recommend vet then? Or a vet that specializes in joints and ligaments? I have an excellent specialist close to me I just want to be sure its a joint or ligament before I go spend all that $$$
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I would think you'd want to move her around at a trot, and try lunging and get a video. I know how a person doesn't want to bring in a vet unless they think it's necessary.
So, she does not have this attitude going the other direction?

maybe don't work so much on the bad lead for a bit, then ask. I am just curious how much is her anticipating doing something she simply doesn't LIKE to do (comeing from a period of time where she was rarely ridden) and her anticipating some pain.
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What makes you think she is lame?
Since she pins her ear, when asked to pick up the right lead, a pain issue should be ruled out, but the dropping that inside shoulder and then racing around, is as Tinyliny says-balance problem
Go back and put basics on her, after you have ruled out any physical reason ( get a vet's opinion, if you really feel that she is un sound )
If she is declared sound, then there is both a training and conditioning problem
Thus, don't worry about asking for that lope, until you have some shoulder control, thus able to prevent her from dropping that shoulder.
Do long trotting, while making her use herself ( driving from behind, while giving face to light bit barrier )
Horses, like us , have a dominant side, and it takes time for them to be comforatble to pick up both leads with equal ease, esp if they have been allowed to become one leaded.
When you are ready to ask for that right lead, use your left leg slightly behind the cinch. At this point in her training, set her body up to make picking up that lead easy, thus move her hip slightly into the lead. Ride with two hands for now, in a snaffle. Use your inside rein(rt ) slightly up and against that right shoulder, to keep her from leaning on it, thus dropping it, and drive her up from behind. Sit up, don't lean
Leads start at the back, not in front. If a horse gets the correct lead behind, he will stride through and be correct in front also. The reverse is not true
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Thank you for the response, but I know for a fact that there is some lameness issue. I have gone back to the basics, and I do know how to ask for the correct lead. I am an experienced rider, starting many horses. She is ridden in a snaffle, I do use both hands.
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