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post #1 of 5 Old 08-22-2011, 04:56 AM Thread Starter
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Re-teaching flying changes

This is bit long, so bear with me.

My show-jumping mare was diagnosed last October with a torn suspensory ligament (Scary stuff). We've slogged through months of therapy, and are now at the point where we are intensifying her canter work with the hopes of competing again in late November, over small jumps to get her back in practice.

My question is: how to get her to flying change at the back. She changes her front lead very easily when asked, but struggles to change the back. She's supple and can counter-canter, but tighter turns in show-jumping aren't really easy in counter-canter.

I originally taught her flying changes over poles, since she hates flatwork (poor mare, she's really hated therapy) and she picked it up really quickly. I was wondering if anyone had advice on giving clearer signals in the flying change or exercises for us to work on, since we can't work over poles or jumps at the moment.

Also, can you just let me know what aids you use for your flying changes, in case i'm not giving her all the signals?

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post #2 of 5 Old 08-22-2011, 05:23 PM
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Hmmm. I'm curious to see what others say. I was going to suggest the ground pole, until you said she's not ready for that yet. It really helped my horse change in his hind end simutaneosly with the front.

Can she do basic lateral work at the canter? When I cue for a change, I always leg yield for a couple strides to set their hind end up for the even change. It helps steady all four legs, and set them up better.

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post #3 of 5 Old 08-22-2011, 06:21 PM
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Well I signal the flying change with changing my thigh (from one side to the other) and I use the outside rein to get the inside hind to jump for the clean change.

When a horse is late in the the hind, I tap with my whip on the butt (if you use one) half halt on my outside rein and over use my thigh. Usually within 2 lessons it's fixed. I usually don't use ground poles so I'm not very familar with teaching the flying changes like that.

I hope I was a help to you some! I would also like to hear what other people say! Good luck.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-22-2011, 08:38 PM
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I do flying changes the same way as you, kayleeloveslaneandlana...but I'm interested to see what methods other people use. )To the OP,) Hope you and your horses training works out! :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-23-2011, 01:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hadn't thought about using a leg yeild, thanks. I'm riding her this afternoon, so i'll try it out.

Thanks for the replies.

I can't wait to start jumping again, the vet says we should be able to in about a months :-D
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