So, I'm posting here becuase I'm about 110% sure that my mare Lacey was trained in a very dressage-y way when she was young and so a lot of the cues she responds to seem to be specific to dressage. Like for instance, to cue her to canter, you cue her with your inside leg and I got the idea to try that from a suggestion someone made relating to dressage horses (I had been having issues cuing for the canter with my outside leg, she'd pick up the wrong lead every single time I'd cue with the outside leg).
So, since her canter cue appears to be so "dressage-y", I'm thinking her lead change cue is probably similarly dressage-y. I have never been able to get her to change leads, I've tried just cuing for the opposite lead canter, while cantering, but that has never worked (she'll act like she's trying to figure out what I want with ears flicking back to me etc, but like she's confused) so I feel like it must be something a bit different.
I really have no need for her to change leads ever, but I'd like to see if she'll just do it if I ask right. I would try doing that whole cantering figure-8's thing but I don't have an arena to work in. Basically, I'm just asking for kicks and giggles.
So, if you were going to train your horse to canter on a cue from your inside leg, how would you choose to cue for a lead change?