04-01-2011, 10:19 AM
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I'm wanting to teach my mare how to do a lead change. We ride both english and western, so either style of doing it would be fine. A few years ago all I had to do was switch my leg pressure and tell her "switch" and she'd do it. She was not taught to do that as I have done most of her training myself. I was shocked she picked it up. Now though she seems to have "forgotten" and since I don't know how she learned to do it I can't reteach her. I mostly saddle break horses and work with basic problem, so I don't know much about "specialized" maneuvers. Any help would be great. If I try to lead change her now. I change my leg position, try to create a little lift in her front end. Then cluck. She may pick it up, but mostly just picks up speed. She'll do it on her own if I do small circles,but i'm sure that's because she has to,not because I asked her to. Please any help would be nice, I'm not showing her or anything,but I do think this maneuver would come in handy.