Laura Callaghan Dressage | 35 Questions | 40 Answers

Tips and tricks to teach an exracehorse his right lead? He's very sticky about it! 8 yo quarter horse just starting to get into work now.

Tips and tricks to teach an exracehorse his right lead? He's very sticky about it! 8 yo quarter horse just starting to get into work now.
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Lunging him on that lead in the canter would be beneficial--makes sure he's staying on the correct bend to make swapping difficult, and would strengthen the sides that are weak making him avoid that lead
Lunging him on that lead in the canter would be beneficial--makes sure he's staying on the correct bend to make swapping difficult, and would strengthen the sides that are weak making him avoid that lead
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A single cavalletti at maximum height.
You trot on the right in a circle with a bit of speed over the cavalletti and he should canter after, if he doesn't, just stay in the circle until he does and then wait a few strides and reward him.
It's as hard for him as for a person to write with the opposite hand.
Start by strengthening the right side. It might be best to have an equine massage professional do a once over just so you know where he's weak.
Quarter Horse Race Horses do race down the lane on their RIGHT LEAD, and only switch to their left in before the turn. I've found doing a lot of nice big slow circles helps them (both directions) and lots of figure 8's so they learn to transition from one direction to the other comfortably, and really asking for your leads in the corner of the area also helps. I have also set up ground poles, in the center of the arena and and used them for my direction change. Leads come with time, most race horses genuinely just need to get comfortable going both directions and changing directions easily. I've found a lot of them will lope on the correct lead to the left and SWITCH nicely to the right, but they are not as comfortable picking up the right in a circle because generally they race straight on the right lead and do turns on the left lead. (We have QH and TB race horses, and we spend a lot of time retraining them after the track)
Will have to give it a try, thank you!! :)
If you set up a cavaletti on the lowest height diagonally in the corner where you are asking him to pick up the lead may help! I did this with my 5 year old and her right lead aswell! The excersize worked really well!
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