Alright, so I've been riding for 7 years now, and 5 of those years have been on the same horse - my horse who was a rescue and green broke when I got her. We are just starting to teach her flying lead changes, and it's been a bit of a challenge. This mare can counter canter all day long, I swear...and it's very difficult to tell whether she is on the wrong lead until you get into a corner - then it's pretty obvious of course. But the problem is - we want to ask her for the lead change BEFORE the corner, so my trainer's new task for me in between lessons is for me to ask her for the canter on a straight line, and then FEEL which lead she is on without looking.
Well, this has unfortunately been a harder task for me than I had thought it would be. I can tell which lead she's on by looking, but by FEELING alone, I get it wrong half the time! When we are on a straight line, I truly cannot feel the difference - only when we go around a corner can I feel whether it's right or wrong!
SO, anyone else have issues like this, and what can I do to get better with it? It's really frustrating, and I feel like I must be missing something here that would make this exercise much easier!