How to get a smoother lead change?
So I've just started cantering serpentines on one of the mares I ride. She is greatly balanced at the trot, but not so much at the canter. For a while I was just cantering circles, but I LOVE serpentines as an excersize so I figured I'd do them at a canter.
The mare has an automatic lead change, mostly they're flying, sometimes she will break into a trot then canter again, picking up the correct lead. The problem is that when does a flying change, I almost always lose my stirrups or at least some balance. She throws her head up a bit, and really jumps into the change.
I know it's very common with horses not accustomed to flying changes, but my question is how can I make them smoother?
For now, it's back to circles ;)
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