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    08-13-2009, 01:40 PM
Originally Posted by Barrelracer Up    
I will usually ride straight for a few strides to feel her rhythm so I can time it right.
You will soon be able to feel it and just shift your weight and she will switch.

Once you are ready you will be able to shift your weight back and forth and do flying leads every step down a straight away - really cool.
That's how I do it. I sit down on the horse, feel the rhythm and while the horse is suspended I shift my weight and the horse shifts his lead.
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    08-13-2009, 01:51 PM
With the help of my trainer, we taught my horse how to do changes. What we did is put a pole down on the diagonal and cantered over it. So every time we switch directions she has the correct lead. =)
    08-13-2009, 01:52 PM
To expand on my post.
I teach the horse the leads from a walk or a halt. I do NOT start loping from a trot.
I first teach the side pass. All my babies learn to side pass right away and I keep practicing the side pass each and every time I ride. I want a strong side passer
If I want my right lead on a green horse but again side passing is taught first. If I want the right lead I am going to ask with it with my left leg. From a halt I will side pass the horse to the right using my left leg, pull the left rein crabbing the horse slightly while my right leg is total off the horse. So we have a horse crabbing his hind end to the right, his head slightly to the left and I add forward motion by bumping him with my right leg that was totally off the horse and make a kissing sound.
This gets him to break into a lope. Since his left lead is burried because of the crab he only has the right lead to lope off on.
I do this for a day or two with both leads and then cut down on the crabbing and in a few days you have a horse that lopes off on either lead.
Once I have a horse that knows his leads from a halt or walk I will start to add a flying change.
To do this and say I am on my right lead. I will sit down with my butt tight in the saddle, I will lay my left leg on him behind the girth reinforcing the lead. I will bounce with him, feeling the rhythem, you will feel his up and down motion. At one point when you really feel this motion and he is suspended in the air I FLICK MY BUTT from being on the left cheek where my left leg was behind the girth to my RIGHT cheek and at the same time apply my right leg behind the girth releasing him from my left leg.
With a little practice the shifting of weight from one Butt cheek to the other gets the horse to change his leads.
Figure 8's also work great for this but the feeling of the rhythm is not there, you don't have time to get the feeling of the rock so to speak so you don't know when the horse is suspended.
A lead change comes from the back not the front and you need the hind end suspended to get a good change. A change first on the front and then back is wrong. The change must come from the back.

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