Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: at my barn, on my horse
• Horses: 0
For the flying lead changes, What i've learned is if the horse is bent to the left like this- ) Then he/she will have to pick up the left lead.
And if he/she is bent like this ( to the right, he/she will have to pick up the right lead.
As for shoulder-ins- The way I signal my mare is: To shoulder-in to the left, you want to put more weight on the left seat and put your outside (right) leg at the girth, and the inside (left) leg behind it.
You also want to have a good feel of the inside rein but you want the horses head to be bent slightly to the right, when doing a shoulder-in to the left. However if you are teaching him (or reminding him) after a long time of not doing shoulder-ins you might want to bend his head to the left a little, as to not confuse him/her.
And the opposite signals to do shoulder-ins to the right.
When first starting this, after a long vacation from shoulder-ins, you only want to ask for a few steps at the walk at first, and when you can shoulder-in from the quarter line to the rail in your arena, try a few steps at the trot, and then work your way up like you did at the walk, and so on.
And try not to get frustrated, because I know how that is (trust me) and it only makes things twice as bad.