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post #1 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Flying Lead Changes!!

We've finally got them!!

I am so happy ^.^ If you wanted to know, this is going to be mainly a success thread :p So if you don't want to read, that's okay ;) I am really happy though!

Okay, so a little info on Cowboy. We've had him for about 3 months now. He is 4, and we are currently staying at 2', once a week if that, just so we can let his joints really be healthy. We do flatwork 4/5 times a week, and we'll jump on one of those. All he has done is good, broke flat and jump. And that's about all you can say.

But now? He is taking contact so well, actually collecting his canter, working off my legs really well ... and now he does flying changes!! We've been sort of working together on them - just practicing over jumps, poles, etc. I can do flyers on the school horses, but I just never knew how to teach him.

But we were just messing around the other day and voiala!!! We caught every single lead!! Ahhhh, so happy! So, so, SO happy!! We will be the only 2'ers at the show I'm going to doing flyers ^.^ (The show I'm refering to is usually pretty small, only about 6 people in 2', and most haven't practiced above that, and are riding bumbly school ponies :p)

If you read, you are a saint ... I just had to gloat to someone! And my other friend who owns is kind of having problems with her horse, so I didn't want to make her feel worse...

Again, Thanks!!!

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post #2 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 10:04 PM
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my horse is an old man who would jump the moon if he could.
But changes.... we can't seem to get. hahaha!

Congrats on your progress!!!

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post #3 of 9 Old 05-15-2012, 10:08 PM
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Congrats! I had the hardest time teaching my horses flying changes :)
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post #4 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 12:49 AM
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I can barely sit through lead changes on some horses. Last horse I rode though, she did a change so smooth I had to do a double take. Her owner stared in shocked awe. It was pure awesome. Congrats and gloat away!

Think of it not as a failure but as a success in how not to do it.

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post #5 of 9 Old 05-20-2012, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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Yay for everyone else's success too!! It's just a great feeling ^.^
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post #6 of 9 Old 05-27-2012, 07:57 AM
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Yaaaaay congrats!!!! We've just started dabbling in some flying changes for my mare, I hope they come as easily as they did for yours!!
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post #7 of 9 Old 05-27-2012, 11:43 PM
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My boy came with flying changes in his mileage ticker but they were very rough and he seems to have forgotten mostly. We recently started lessons(which are going super splendidly) and she had me canter across the diagonal. I figured he wouldn't swap or would only swap his fronts or something but he did it perfectly. Usually he picks up a lot of speed to switch, but he stayed really well in my hands and got it perfect. He's becoming a lovely little eventer.

Glad to hear other people having success as well(:

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post #8 of 9 Old 06-01-2012, 10:34 AM
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Congrats! That will definitely give you a leg up on the other greenies. :)

My 4yo can do tempi changes - just not on purpose! Hopefully that means he'll be able to do them on command easily one day. :p

We definitely are not doing lead changes yet. I actually spoke to my trainer about when I should start working them the other day and she said not until I can get and hold a solid counter canter (on purpose) and do consistent leg yields at the canter. Otherwise training the counter canter will be a pain as he'll just want to switch. Guess I know what I'll be working on this summer. :)
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post #9 of 9 Old 06-01-2012, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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lol, YAY I love making multi-success threads ^.^

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I had a horse that would sidepass beautifuly - away from scary mailboxes! Silly horses don't know how smart they are :p

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