Intense frustration has caused me to join HorseForum.com so I can finally get some help. Congratulations, all of you have just gained a new student.
My trainer taught me the very basics of lead changing, and then quit. At one time, my horses had some sort of understanding of it, but then it was lost to both them and me. Basically, I know nothing about lead changes! One of my horses, Silas, changes leads on his own, but it takes some time and is quite uncomfortable. He trips and stumbles, then comes to the right lead. I may also add that he's a recent ex-race horse, and almost any leg pressure just makes him want to go faster. My other horse, Candy, is a big blundering giant. She's not very agile, and doesn't really do well in the arena, so most of the time I ride her outside. If I change directions, she just continues to go on the wrong lead. And with both, I'll slow them down and ask for the other lead, and about 60% of the time get what I ask for. It's miserable, and I don't know what I'm doing wrong, and nobody is around to help me. So can you guys help?
So how could I get the right lead the first time around? When I don't, it's honestly like my horses just aren't listening, at all. Candy is just shy of being "dead to the aids" and Silas pretty much wets himself when he feels any pressure at all.
How do I ask for a lead change? And what are some exercises that can help me perfect it?
And finally, for longer down the road, when I know what I'm doing, what about a flying lead change? How is that different from a normal one, and what are the basics of starting that?
Thanks guys, and any help at all is appreciated!