Correct Leads

Correct Leads

Post by Gunkel Fami » Sat, 09 Mar 1996 04:00:00


I've been working a lot on lungeing my 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
lately.  He responds perfectly when I ask him to move out at a walk or
trot, but I've been having some trouble with his canter.  Getting him to
move into a canter isn't a problem, the problem is getting him to canter
in his correct lead.  Everytime he uses the wrong lead.  Like when he is
cantering in a circle to the right instead of being on his right lead he
is on his left lead and likewise for his left lead.  What can I do to get
him to move out on his correct lead.


Thanks Nicole Gunkel

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Catch ya later, Bryce Gunkel

 
 
 

Correct Leads

Post by Richard Botteri » Wed, 13 Mar 1996 04:00:00

Quote:


>I've been working a lot on lungeing my 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
>lately.  He responds perfectly when I ask him to move out at a walk or
>trot, but I've been having some trouble with his canter.  Getting him to
>move into a canter isn't a problem, the problem is getting him to canter
>in his correct lead.  Everytime he uses the wrong lead.  Like when he is
>cantering in a circle to the right instead of being on his right lead he
>is on his left lead and likewise for his left lead.  What can I do to get
>him to move out on his correct lead.

You say _every_ time he strikes off into the canter when you are lungeing
he takes the wrong lead. What does he do when he canters on a curved line
or circle in the pasture?  If he's correct there, the problem is likely
something to do with the way he is being lunged. You don't mention
whether you are using side-reins or not. If not, when you ask for the
canter, is he perhaps counter-bent? You might want to find someone who
knows how to use and adjust side-reins to have him bent a little to the
inside, at least until you get him used to striking off on the correct
canter lead.  He _is_ only 3, so I expect he hasn't had a lot of work
on the lunge to this point, especially at canter. Also, because he appears
to be taking the wrong lead in _both_ directions, I would think it's likely
to be a training problem rather than a soundness problem.

Good luck!

Richard Botterill

Technologies and Environmental Industries Division
Assiniboine Community College
Brandon, Manitoba, Canada

 
 
 

Correct Leads

Post by SBLuc » Wed, 13 Mar 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>I've been working a lot on lungeing my 3 year old thoroughbred gelding
>lately.  He responds perfectly when I ask him to move out at a walk or
>trot, but I've been having some trouble with his canter.  Getting him to
>move into a canter isn't a problem, the problem is getting him to canter
>in his correct lead.  Everytime he uses the wrong lead.  Like when he is
>cantering in a circle to the right instead of being on his right lead he
>is on his left lead and likewise for his left lead.  What can I do to get
>him to move out on his correct lead.

Sounds like you are asking him to canter on a circle which is too small
for his present level of balance and training.  Try opening up the circle
and see if it improves.

Good luck.

Susan


Atlanta, GA