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11th Jun 2002, 02:07 AM
I've heard that racehorses are trained to canter and gallop on both leads. Is this true, or do they work primarily on their left lead?
Also, there's this horse that I usually ride, and I can't get his leads straight. I'm giving him all the right signals, but he won't pick up his leads. Any advice?
15th Jun 2002, 10:44 PM
One thing I recommend, if he is picking up the wrong leads, try to turn him into a relatively tight circle.
I hope this helps :)
16th Jun 2002, 05:05 AM
In response to your first question:
yes, racehorses are trained to work off both leads, as they need to switch them in the streach of a race, however they do work primarily on their left. As a result, the horses are more developed on their left side and the reatraining of a racehorse involves a lot of right lead work to get them balanced and strong of that side too.
In response to your second question:
Ask him for the canter on a turn, and make sure that he is collected and not strung out when you ask for it. You could also try putting more pressure on your inside rein and using more outside leg. If he picks up the wrong lead stop him right away and ask again until he picks up the correct one so that he will learn what is correct and what isnt.
Also- does he only have trouble on one lead or both?
15th Jul 2002, 04:48 PM
My former racer doesn't like to take his left lead under saddle. He'll take it on the lunge most of the time. Its worth noting that my guy had a pretty bad knee injury and thats why he is an ex-racer. Are your horses shoulder blades built up equally?? Mine is huge on the right side. Do you think he or she had any serious injuries?
15th Jul 2002, 05:08 PM
My neighbour bred many racers and at one stage had the best steeplschaser in Ireland. All here horses were trained on both reins.
15th Jul 2002, 06:18 PM
We're working on my girls leads right now too!
And what really helped me was having someone watch me ride and see how my horses body was turned when she picked up the correct lead. For my horse if you turn her head into the rail and her bum outside the rail she will pick up the correct lead! bet of luck
16th Jul 2002, 11:29 AM
Racehorses go on both legs they switch often during a race. The leg they are on doesn’t really matter because they are going relatively straight the whole race. My Ex racer keeps swapping legs while I am cantering him he is starting to stay on the correct leg now but still changes sometimes (the up side is i know he can do wicked flying changes). Also I find that if you go straight then ask for the canter strongly while turning you horse to the leg you want it will often fall into the correct leg. But you must turn sharply and be travelling straight. If this dose not work keep the horse cantering on the wrong leg and do smaller and smaller circles If he dose not change then bring him down to the trot on the same small circle and then ask again. Hope this helps!
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