Teaching Flying Changes
So I know the basics of it, using a pole and going on the diagonal. My mare doesn't know flying changes even a little bit, as we only just got her canter slow and collected. She is doing great with it, as well as her leads, and I feel she is ready to learn them.
So today we tried the pole thing only........it didn't really work. My friend suggested trying simple changes, so tomorrow when I ride I'm going to canter left over the pole, turn right, trot, and pick up the right canter a few times over and over until she can predict it. I WANT her to predict it. After several tries I'm going to try doing it at the canter. This is the best way I can think to teach her flying changes.
Does anyone have any other tips or ideas? My other friend said to cluck and cue with the correct foot as a 'cue' to switch. I'm not sure I'm doing it right. We picked up the left canter, went over a pole in the middle and as we went over the pole I checked on the outside (right) rein while cuing with my left heel as I normally would. Is that right?
Any tips would be great. Thanks!
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