Originally Posted by RunningJumpingHorses
Wow. Lots has gone on since I've been in here. Ok. So here's a very simple question but I've never really asked for a lead. How do you ask for a lead like ask with the inside leg or outside?
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If you want the left lead, you would use your right leg to ask for the lead. If you want the right, you use your left. Its the "outside" leg to the lead you are asking for. To get the flying change you need a huge half halt to set the horse back, use the outside leg to ask for the change.
What I do when I am teaching a horse is start with simple changes(trot) and ask for the lead right away. Over time the trot strides should get less and less and eventually you should have a smooth change without breaking the canter. Using poles and small cross rails on serpentines and figure 8's can help as you ask for the change as you go over the pole/jump.
When you are jumping you want to ask as you approach the jump so your new outside leg should be back and slightly changing the bend.