Originally Posted by BetterInTimeRedRosie
Your not pulling back on the reins your pulling up to get their head up in the air and kick with your outside leg I do this with my thoroughbred..and you also do it when you are coming off of a jump..and let me tell you it is a whole lot easier when your horse has lead changes automatically you don't have to work your butt off
I don't jump or anything I show AQHA but pulling there head up seems to me like it would hallow out there back and make it more difficult for them to do the change. There back needs to be up for them to do a nice change. When I am doing either horsemanship or equitation patterns it is very important that your horse is not going to do a lead change when you do not want them to because you will be disqualified. My horse is taught to respond to my cue, this is so he will change in the exact place I want him to which is something he needs to do in a pattern wether it be horsemanship, equitation, or western riding.