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    04-19-2011, 02:50 PM
The key with the simple changes is not to get the horse in and out as fast as possible. You want 3 to 4 steps of walk between leads with a very good, collected walk. In these walk steps you really need to focus on changing the bend to get the new lead - bend is what is going to help you through the flying changes.
It's tough to suggest anything without a video because every horse is different however a few pre requisites are: a good 3 beat canter in collected and medium gait with easy transitions in between, a good simple change with 3-4 clear collected walk steps in between, a good counter canter, and a high degree of suppleness and bend.

As far as for an exercise you can start out by cantering down the wall in a collected canter at a working, almost medium pace. After b or e, turn onto a 12-15 m half circle and ride back to the wall, aiming for well before the corner. You want to collect in the turn and come onto the 'diagonal' with a bend. For the first couple times do a simple change, then ask for a flying change. As far as the aid it is important to remember to slide the legs to the new canter lead, not take them off and place them again. It can also be helpful do lower the new outside hand a few strides before the change to help the horse jump into the new outside rein.

Other than that just play it by ear and alter the exercise as needed. Good luck!
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    04-19-2011, 11:20 PM
Thankyou Anebel I was hoping you would find this lol.
    04-27-2011, 07:59 AM
Make sure she has her hind under her before you ask. Do a figure 8 and in the middle if you were coming out of the right circle and entering the left over exaggerate with your left arm and hand and put your left leg forward and your right back. When she is balanced ONLY when she is balanced then ask with your right leg. She should travel as though she is siting on her outside hind as you come In to the middle and should fell balanced and impulsive but collected. Then she is ready. Also make sure you can walk in a straight line and ask for what ever lead without hesitation . She should be balanced and not rushed and should bring her hind as well as her front. 10 metre circles at a canter whilst maintaining a balanced and steady pace will also help as well as three loop serpentines
    04-27-2011, 10:10 PM
Thanks. Tess IS ready.
    04-28-2011, 03:44 AM
Ok elle is doing them now
    04-28-2011, 03:45 AM
I know. I've seen her.
    04-28-2011, 03:36 PM
If you are going to teach her across the diagonal I would ask for one change and then don't as the next time I go. Asking every time could cause her to think diagonal = lead change. Auto changes are usually frowned upon and are quite difficult to train out.
    04-28-2011, 04:51 PM
Yeah I reckon so. Thankyou.
    04-28-2011, 04:59 PM
Auto changes are usually frowned upon and are quite difficult to train out.
I respectfully disagree on both counts. Auto changes are highly desirable in hunters, jumpers and event horses. They are very much frowned on in dressage, for very good reason, but we established early in this thread that the poster is not interested in changes for dressage (she's not competing at that level) but for changes on course either eventing or show jumping.

And I haven't found it all that difficult to ask a horse with auto changes to delay a change or counter canter, it's merely a matter of maintaining the previous bend and preventing the change. Very common when a horse competes both in hunters and hunter seat equitation; the flat tests in the Big Eq classes include are changes on a straight line and a simple change for exactly that reason.
    04-28-2011, 05:05 PM
Agreed with maura. Practically anything with changes on it is going to do a flying change if you point it to a corner in the canter. Practically anything with changes that is ridden into a corner with a bend in counter canter will remain in counter canter.
If the changes are taught correctly then a change is a change is a change.
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