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        04-24-2010, 02:33 PM
      #11
    Foal
    Okay, sounds good! How do you ask to get the right lead over the jump then?
         
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        04-24-2010, 02:40 PM
      #12
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
    It seems to me like that would be kind of hard considering the fact I only jump about 2'3''. There's not much "hang time" to ask for a new lead in the air, so usually the horse lands on the same one it started on and you ask for the change after.
    You don't wait until you're in the air to cue him. I start this training by cantering over a ground pole. It is all about what you are doing on your approach. If you wait until you are "in the air", about all you could do is duck, which is a no-no.
         
        04-24-2010, 02:43 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Okay. What should I be doing on the approach?
         
        04-24-2010, 10:39 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Equuestriaan    
    It seems to me like that would be kind of hard considering the fact I only jump about 2'3''. There's not much "hang time" to ask for a new lead in the air, so usually the horse lands on the same one it started on and you ask for the change after.
    I jump 2'3" also and if I'm asking properly (I'm still getting the hang of asking properly consistently) over the jump, most horses that I ride will pick up the correct lead. There is one horse that we have though, who isn't very bright (sweet as anything though), very stiff (we either call him a 2 by 4 or the freight train) and very off balance so he has problems changing leads over jumps, partly because he's not capable of doing it and partly because he gets confused as to what we're asking. And some of our horses are just really lazy and don't change leads over jumps unless you REALLY focus on it and kick the fire out of them.
         
        04-24-2010, 10:44 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Also,
    Always look where your going (you should be doing this even if your not trying to change leads) and if your looking where your going some horses (we have one like this) who will change leads just from that. But asking for the lead over the jump is different for different horses (at least at my barn). Some require kicking with the outside leg over the jump, others require lifting the inside rein. But before you get to the jump (like Allison said) you need to let the horse know where your going by giving a little pressure with your outside leg and a little pressure with your inside rein.
    That's just what I do with the horses I ride
         
        04-24-2010, 10:57 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    The reason the horse changes when you look over a jump is because you put pressure with your legs and your center of gravity changes. Sit straight up, and turn your head to one side. Your shoulders automatically try to follow, turning your upper body, and when you are in a saddle, pressuer is put on with your outside thigh.
         
        04-25-2010, 12:14 AM
      #17
    Foal
    Thanks everyone! I'll practice that in my lesson next Wednesday.
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