> Hi All,
> I'm having a hard time teaching my new horse the correct lead for the
> lope. I am collecting her, with her nose a bit to the outside rail
> and cuing with the outside leg behind the girth and a verbal kiss.
> I'm not using spurs and can see that she doesn't pick up with the leg
> cue, then is pushed into the canter off rythm forcing her to pick up
> the wrong lead...I think....I'm not sure what I am doing wrong and
> could really use some advice!! Should I try using a blunt or spur to
> reinforce the leg cue?
Horses respond in different ways to some cues. Have you tried picking up
the lope in a circle or in a corner of the arena? Sometimes the bend helps
them choose the proper lead. Then after while you can go back to asking
for the lead in a straight line. Also, experiment for a while to try to
find the cue the previous owner taught the horse. I have seen some people
train their horses by asking the horse to move his hip to the inside using
their outside leg behind the girth. The rider would then tilt the horses
nose slightly to the inside as well. All the while continuing in a
In other words,(Hopefully I won't confuse you more. :) ) if you want the
left lead. You ask the horse to move his hip to the left using your right
leg behind the girth. You then apply a little pressure to the left rein to
get the horse to keep his head either straight on the path or tilted
slightly to the left.
I personally ask my horses for the lope by just applying my opposite leg
behind the girth and making a cantering motion with my seat.