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  • What flatwork could you do to get lead changes

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    04-28-2012, 10:12 PM
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Today I put and English Saddle/Bridle on my Paint who has never done English before. I have jumped and am familiar with the discipline. I was worried on how this was going to go considering he was givin a new bit, new bridle, new saddle, and a new way to ride. My aunt put me on a lunge line and we started out at a walk. I was thinking I was going to only be able to trot him, but he was soo good. He never fussed with the bit or shook is head or danced at all. I was soo proud of him. I felt confident enough to canter so I kissed and cued and off we went with no problems. I am just going to do flat work with him for a while just to get him used to the whole idea, but I was curious on how to teach him lead changes and how to collect? Also, after a month of 2 of flat work how do I prepare him for jumping?
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    04-28-2012, 10:19 PM
Crzyhrse life will be easier with the help of a riding instructor :) That's my advice to you!
    04-28-2012, 10:33 PM
Well I only see my instructor once a week and I go to her place and I ride with her horses not mine. So it is kinda hard.
    04-28-2012, 10:44 PM
Once a week is sufficient to help you do the things you want to do with your horse. Trying things like flying lead changes from instruction on the Internet will just make things worse.
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    04-28-2012, 10:50 PM
Crzyhrse, let me tell you a little true story.

I have trained my horse from the dark closet, to the ground.. up. Yes he's green and yes I'm a beginner but I could not have done it without the help of an instructor (or rather a small army during our relationship.)

Once a week is perfect. And it's good to know/learn on another horse as you can transfer that to your horse slowly.

Now when it gets to the parts where you both have no idea, bring a riding instructor into the picture to teach YOU on YOUR horse.

Or you could get a trainer to do it. Either way do not do this off of internet advice or trial and error. Reading and watching videos and getting advice is great.. but no "how to"s please.

I highly recommend finding a great trainer/instructor that can come to YOUR barn (or you can trailer there) and get help with riding your horse and teaching him/her new things.
    04-28-2012, 10:59 PM
Then can you send videos?? Lead changes I am really not worries about at the moment. But I do really wanna start trying to collect him
    04-28-2012, 11:21 PM
Originally Posted by crzyhrse    
Then can you send videos?? Lead changes I am really not worries about at the moment. But I do really wanna start trying to collect him
crzyhrse collection is a very extensive process that I haven't even gotten to yet, and top riders still struggle with. Do you mean more like on the bit and using the hind more so?

There are a few posts scattered around the forums with help and discussing about this. I encourage you to go searching :)
    04-29-2012, 01:29 AM
Learning collection is a series of steps, subtle little ones that have to be mastered before you can move on. Also depends on how well you ride, how the horse is conformed and how much of a degree of collection is required for certain manuevers. Skipping ahead or doing it wrong results in what most of these problems people are asking advice on in these forums. Listen to your instructors & then go practice at home,
If this not working for you then you might have to change instructor & bring your horse with you. Sorry if this is not what you want to hear, but there is no quick instructs anyone can offer.
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