Originally Posted by alexischristina
Correct me if I'm wrong, but in the hunter ring you do NOT want your horse to change over the fence and land on the correct lead. So I would start with lots of flat work. A nice, balanced canter. Practice cantering circles and figure 8s with simple changes and eventually press up to flying changes. I would work with poles or cavalettis first on the diagonal.
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Landing on the correct lead in the hunter ring is perfectly appropriate. That is exactly what I'd do if I had a horse that had a sticky or no lead change. A late lead change can be considered a major or minor fault; it is up to the judge. A missed change is considered a major fault, as is trotting on course (so a simple lead change would be in this category).