Because my pony was little and intelligent, he would change his lead if I shifted my weight, not something I taught him but it did come in useful! If I were to ask one of him when schooling, my aids would be as follows, say I want to change from the right lead to the left.
- Make sure his canter is up together and with plenty of energy
- Change his bend from right to left
- Balance with right rein to stop him drifing through his shoulder
- Right leg behind the girth
- Left leg on the girth, slightly more pressure than right leg
- Shift weight back, collect him onto his quarters
- Look left
- Do one clear half halt on the left rein to prepare him and tell him that an aid is coming
Asking for the change, these happen at the same time:
- Push seat down
- Lighten you left bum cheek (sorry, only way I can describe it!
) slightly to allow movement through left shoulder
- Pressure with the right leg behind the girth
- Clear (don't kick, but this does usually have to be a very obvious aid, as it is the part that asks for the actual change, the rest is just balancing) pressure at the girth with left leg
Right, I ran through that in my head, that is literally how I asked him. Only takes a split second, it kind of comes naturally if you think about it!
I would ask on the centre line of a figure of eight. (make sure you do a figure of 8 with a centre line, as in two 20 metre circles, rather than changing across the diagonal.