I would also like to point out no one asked the OP what discipline she rode or why she was interested in teaching changes.
The foundation for teaching changes, and when you begin to ask for them, is very different for a dressage horse that you're hoping will advance through the levels and eventually do tempi changes.
If the OP rides hunters, jumpers or eventers, and wants to get a flying change while on course, rather than a flying change as part of a 3rd level dressage test, it changes things.
Now, I know that's abhorrent to dressage purists who believe every horse ought to have the same classical foundation, but the fact of the matter is there are lots of horses that are successful in their own disciplines without it or who have been taught changes by the cantering over a pole method. No, those aren't correct dressage quality changes, and yes, that method will undoubtably interfere with teaching the horse tempi changes later on. But those aren't critical considerations to riders whose ambition is not to advance to the upper levels of dressage.
Last edited by maura; 01-04-2012 at 11:53 PM.