Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Olds Alberta Canada
• Horses: 0
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