Here is a video that shows the importance of hip control, using the counter canter
To teach lead changes
When the hip is moved slightly into the lead, one is not dis engaging the hip, as one would doing a turn on the forehand, and the horse's body is kept straight
Also, moving the hip over is for the lead departure and flying changes ,and one does not lope with the hip in, unless doing a specific training excerise
This western riding pattern video has been used before, but I will use it again, as, I like this horse, raise Appaloosas and western riding used to be a favorite class of mine
The lead departure body control has been put into use in advancing to western riding, which requires percise lead changes at exact markers with the horse not speeding up, and excecuting them on a loose rein
Note the slight moving of the hips into the new lead, at each change, while the body stays in correct aleigment
Okay, that is all I'm going to post on the subject, use it if you like.
I start my horse's show career in western pl, trail and equitation. I then add hunter under saddle, and have no difficulity using the exact same cues come to lead departures, I only have the horse moving on light contact and extend the stride. We like our topline level in stock horses, whether HUS or western pl.
Even the reiners now are working with a level head set
You can't have athletic movement in any discipline without collection, thus engagement of the hind end, so I really get ticked when someone suggests that all western horses move on the forehand, uncollected
Anyway, while a non pro, I have trained and shown my own horses at the level I can afford, for years, both open and non pro.
I've earned year end awards on my horses in western pl, reining, western riding, games, hunter under saddle, trail and cattle.
My current horse has ROMs in western pl, open and non pro, trail, open and non pro, halter, HUS and hunter in Hand mares
I like to think I know the mechanics of lead departures and flying changes by now.
While there are more than one way to train a horse, all good programs, whether dressage western or what have you, are based around total body control, softeness and finesse to leg aids