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    06-07-2012, 09:07 PM
Constantly changing leads.

My thoroughbred gelding constantly changes his back leads, back and fourth. Is there anything I can try and do to avoid it?
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    06-07-2012, 09:31 PM
I've always been told that changing leads is a sign of unbalance. I would recommend spending time at the trot doing work to balance him. When my OTTB had this problem, I spent lots of time trotting on a 20-meter circle, making sure he would hold his inside shoulder up and step under with his hind.

I'll leave the rest of it to someone with a bit more experience, but this is what I've learned from my horse.
    06-07-2012, 09:33 PM
Well I would work on it on the lungeline. Stop him when he starts up, bring him back down to a trot and let him canter if he keeps his lead.
    06-07-2012, 09:35 PM
The problem isnt that he does it in the flat , its when we start jumping before the jumps.
    06-07-2012, 10:34 PM
I agree with Hedgie, he's doing this because he's unbalanced. Just about every "problem" originates from flatwork, work on a lot of hind end building - circling in/out, haunches in/out.

Really concetrate on keeping his hind end to the inside when you jump and start to feel him swap leads. Do a haunches in approaching the fence to keep him balanced and engaged. My friend's horse loves to swap back leads after the jump and in the corners, she does a "haunches in" and keeps him from swinging his hind end out from under him, which is essentially causing the swap. Works like a charm. :)
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    06-07-2012, 10:48 PM
Alright thanks guys! :)


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