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post #1 of 3 Old 05-29-2008, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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leads and flying lead changes

So my 4 yr old ottb is random, really random ... most of the time she pics up the correct lead but sometimes she doesn't and if i try and "aid" her in picking up the correct lead (whether that is inside rein outside leg or the opposite) she takes the wrong lead ... and it's both ways not just to the right ... im not sure if anyone knows of a random way that people train horses on the track or if the even do ... i have been working with her a lot and when she gets the correct lead, i praise her a lot ...

Also i have been doing break downs in the middle of my figure 8 to prep for my flying lead changes ... i have always done this when training a horse but am wondering if anyone has any other tricks ... i am not having problems with her at all but want to see if there are other things i can try if i do have problems ... when we let the horses run around in the arena, she goes beautiful flying lead changes but it's all just natural ... if only i could get her to do them when im on her ... ive tried just asking to see if she would just change but that doesn't work haha ... anywho any extra tips would be great! I think im doing the right thing tho :)


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post #2 of 3 Old 05-29-2008, 07:08 PM
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I would go back to basics, make sure she has all her basics down pat, stick to simple changes to make sure she gets the concept. Once she has those down good and she learns that being on the correct lead is a lot more comfortable for her put down a pole on the quarter line as she goes across the diagonal back to the rail. Start asking her for the changes when she goes over the pole.

I have only taught one horse to do his changes and this is what I used.

Hope it helps.
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post #3 of 3 Old 05-30-2008, 07:52 AM
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An instructor from pony club suggested that you look to the outside when asking the horse to canter, rather than looking to the inside. She said it gets your body in the right position to help the horse take the correct lead. I found it worked well for our horses.

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