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  • How do you shift your weight doing a flying change

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    03-07-2010, 10:39 PM
Green Broke
Flying Changes

I know horses know how to do flying changes and they do them all the time when there in the paddock
But Buzz did a flying change when I was riding, we were on the right leg and all of a sudden he switched this is the second time he has done this but the first time he was actually on the wrong leg and switched to go to the right leg
How do I get him to stop I mean he has only got the cantering on the right lead thing downpacked I don't want him to be doing flying changes just yet. Maybe later
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    03-11-2010, 12:10 AM
He probably feels more comfortable cantering on the other leg, out of soreness of balance.
Make sure you're sitting totally balanced in the saddle, and since he's only just got his right lead going, stick on a circle for a while until he builds up confidence. Stay sitting on your inside seat bone, and give him the inside rein. This will make it extremely difficult for him to change, if your weight is to the inside. One of the aids for a flying change is a shift in your weight and change of outside rein, so make sure your keep these aids clear as day.

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