Simple Change vs, Wrong Lead

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Simple Change vs, Wrong Lead

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    06-24-2012, 11:22 PM
Simple Change vs, Wrong Lead

I know this question has been asked a thousand times, but I can't find a straight answer! So, the question is... When in a hunter or equitation class, is it better to do a simple change or go around on the wrong lead?? I mean, what you really want is the right lead, but when you can't seem to get it (and your pony doesn't know how to do flying changes in a ring) what do you do?
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    06-25-2012, 07:40 AM
A simple change is better than a wrong lead, and typically penalized less in the scoring.

Just make sure you execute the simple change quickly and well.

If flying changes aren't realistically possible in your future, work on making your pony "ring smart" and getting her to land from the last fence of the line on the correct lead. You can get the point pretty quickly where you can cue the correct lead by looking in the direction of your next line and using a very slight opening rein.
    06-25-2012, 08:25 AM
Yep, asked 1000 times, I had a pony that would be a monster I change the lead/correct it so I was told keep going on the wrong lead. I went to a clinic and the person holding it said to ask for it over the jump when we're about to change direction. This worked great. Personally I think it looks neater to do that than even a lead change, a fly lead change is less impressive and
More expected that the horse can do them ( even if they can't! Lol)
    06-30-2012, 09:21 PM
I know how you feel, the school horse I show doesn't know flying changes. I always go for the simple change, not just because it will look better but also because when on the wrong lead, you risk your horse losing balance and tripping.
    07-01-2012, 04:36 PM
Thanks everyone! This is all really helpful! :)

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