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  • Lead changes in hunter
  • Is it better to land you land the correct lead or do a flying lead change in a jump course

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    05-23-2014, 11:16 PM
Lead Changes

I went to a show to support a friend recently and it seemed that almost all the hunter riders asked for the lead changes after the horse has landed after the jumps, rather than simply landing on the correct lead. Are the riders penalized for not demonstrating a proper lead change or is it just a common occurrence? I've been out of the jumping world for a few years now.
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    05-25-2014, 02:50 PM
Green Broke
There are not required to show a change of lead, they are just required to actually be on the correct one whether they land correctly or switch. If it came to a very very close tie between two the judge *may* pick the one that landed on the correct lead only because it is minutely smoother then the one having to swap, but really only if the horses/courses were comparable in every other way. But you can have some very high scores that involve a lead change.
    06-30-2014, 05:01 PM
In hunters if you land the wrong lead and do not complete a flying change at the next corner you will lose some points. Sometimes doing a simple lead change (canter,trot,canter) is better because it shows the judge you knew you were on the wrong lead but the horse was not trained to fix it. Usually they won't take points for this. Keep in mind though if you are on the correct lead and trot even for a second it counts as breaking and will lose a significant amount of points.
    06-30-2014, 08:28 PM
As someone who owns a horse that doesn't have his leads.... I've been instructed by my coach (and others) keep the counter canter till the next fence and hopefully they will fix it there. And he has a nice balance counter canter, which when you look at my placings compared to those that break gait (evil sin) I placed better.

1. An even hunting pace, manners, jumping style together with faults and way of moving over the course. <snip>

1. The following faults are scored according to the judges opinion and depending on severity or division, may be considered minor or major faults.
A. Rubbing the jump
B. Swapping leads in a line or in front of a jump
C. Late lead changes
D. Freshness
E. Spooking
F. Kicking up or out
G. Jumping out of form
H. Jumping off the center line of jump
I. Bucking and/or playing
J. Adding a stride in a line with a related distance
K. Eliminating a stride in a line with a related distance
L. Striking off on a wrong lead on the courtesy circle. (May be corrected with either a simple or flying change of lead)

2. The following are considered major faults.
A. Knockdown
B. Refusal
C. Stopping for loss of shoe or broken equipment d. Refusal or stopping while on course
E. Dangerous jumping
F. Addressing a jump - coming to a stop in front of a jump in order to show the jump to the horse.
G. Completely missing a lead change
H. Adding or eliminating a stride in an in and out.
I. Breaking stride, or Trotting while on course. (Exceptions-Where posted on the course diagram I.e. Trot jumps, steep banks, etc, and also as outlined above in HU135.1l. Striking off on a wrong lead on the courtesy circle.)

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