Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Washington State
Dissecting Leads and Flying Changes!
So I have recently become aware of the fact that I have a bit of a gap in my riding knowledge. I've been riding dressage nearly 12 years and doing quite well, but I've been riding primarily our two horses who (bless their souls) always pick up the correct lead. I haven't ever formally been taught to do a flying lead change, either.
Since coming to college, I've been plunked on a wide variety of horses, some of whom don't agree that it's always good to pick up the correct lead and are so good at counter canter that they'll have me fooled for a while before I figure out I'm on the wrong lead. Part of it is that I just need to be paying a bit more attention, but any tips for exactly what I should be paying attention to? Is it accurate to say that when you're on the right lead, your right hip will feel slightly ahead of your left? Or do I have it mixed up?
Also... flying changes. Are the cues different in dressage as opposed to huntseat/western pleasure? Lately I've been riding mostly horses trained in huntseat and western pleasure, I've never been taught a formal flying change, and I'm not entirely sure what I'm doing... though most people in the huntseat and western pleasure world seem to think it strange that I'm such a capable rider and don't know how to do a flying change.