Recently I received a DVD from BSJA about flatwork for showjumping..
I was however shocked to see them teaching flying changes over a pole and saying that this produces a "true change"..
Obviously changing lead over a pole results in the horse changing its front legs first as these are the ones that land on the ground first, and then following the new lead with the hind legs... when they then demonstrated the change without the pole the horse changed (as it should) front back to front. How can the leading body of showjumping not then see that teaching changes over a pole do not produce the horse to change "true" as it encourages changing infront first..
It is all very well having very expensive horses that have near perfect conformation and willingness (as was the horse in the video) so can perform changes easy, but what about the others?
when I bought my horse they said he wouldnt change lead, however with a lot of shoulder elevation (phillipe karl method) he can do them easily...
I was just wondering about comments and questions about what people consider a "true" change to be and how they teach them?