I've been riding (hacking/pasture riding) since I was about 9.. But only a walk/trot.
Last summer I started taking barrel lessons, which was the first time I loped. We do lots of circles and patterns and I feel very confident. When we do figure eights though I struggle to get a lead change in the center.
For example, if we are riding on a circle to the right, she usually won't switch to the left lead until about 3 strides of going on the left circle. Last year I didn't have this issue because the horse I rode automatically changed leads.
How can I cue her to change leads, without transitioning to a trot, in the center? My trainer tried to explain, but maybe a different point if view will help me understand more.
I also know this mare can do a flying lead change, she does poles. I ride western just in case no one noticed.
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