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  • Getting a lead change over the fence

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    05-23-2009, 02:37 AM

Yay! Today my mare made her first real lead changes without the crop... we finally have a break through!
Any tips on getting leads over the fences as well as keeping up with the flat leads...?

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    05-23-2009, 08:24 AM
I rarely get a lead change over a fence... usually after.
    05-23-2009, 09:17 AM
That's excellent! I too haven't had much success with a lead change prior to a fence. It's not a big concern to me either because I'd rather my horse be balanced before the jump.
    05-23-2009, 07:11 PM
Oh, I find it soooo much easier to get my leads over the fence instead of after or before. When you're going over your fence, make sure to look dramatically in the direction you are going, pull up slightly with your inside hand, and press with your outside leg, all while going over the fence. Usually, once your horse figures out which direction you will be going in after you land, they will usually land that lead. Usually. :)
Good luck!

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