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RunningJumpingHorses 03-10-2013 12:26 AM

Best way to get your horse to do a flying lead change?
 
I currently jump and so hunter jumping. My horse is good at what she does but she rarely picks up the right lead if if we change directions. Are there any excersises I can do to help this problem? If so, PLEASE let me know haha Thanks! :)
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equitate 03-10-2013 11:41 AM

Does she change at all? Cross canter? (Easiest way to always have the correct lead is to change OVER the fence....ie do a figure 8 over caveletti, ask as you take off, land go in the direction of the lead.)

LoveMyDrummerBoy 03-10-2013 11:52 AM

Balance.

And a trainer.

jaydee 03-10-2013 12:31 PM

Do you 'ask' her to take off on the right lead or do you rely on her to find her own way?
If you have the space then try changing direction with some trot strides in between first and once she's really confident about it then go back to the flying lead change
Your horse needs to be really balanced and collected - riding between your leg, seat and a light hand on a steady rhythm to be able to do this properly. A lot of horses I see that struggle with this lack impulsion and fitness.

alexischristina 03-10-2013 12:59 PM

Correct me if I'm wrong, but in the hunter ring you do NOT want your horse to change over the fence and land on the correct lead. So I would start with lots of flat work. A nice, balanced canter. Practice cantering circles and figure 8s with simple changes and eventually press up to flying changes. I would work with poles or cavalettis first on the diagonal.
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RunningJumpingHorses 03-10-2013 01:33 PM

Thanks everyone! And to those who asked, yes she can pick up the correct leads if we do a simple change but I know in some levels the judges frown upon it. That's the reason I was wondering.
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Ray MacDonald 03-10-2013 01:41 PM

How I teach flying lead changes:

Get the horse perfect at doing simple lead changes...
Get down to only 2 strides of trot between leads...
Put a trot pole right in the middle of E and B (so the ends of the poles are pointing to A and C)

Keep doing simple changes over the pole (have the trot strides over the pole)
Now try to do a flying lead change just as she is going over the pole...
Once she can do I good flying lead change over the pole, try removing the pole but still doing the same pattern (a large figure 8 using the whole arena) and see if she can get it without the pole.

updownrider 03-10-2013 02:01 PM

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Originally Posted by alexischristina (Post 1931275)
Correct me if I'm wrong, but in the hunter ring you do NOT want your horse to change over the fence and land on the correct lead. So I would start with lots of flat work. A nice, balanced canter. Practice cantering circles and figure 8s with simple changes and eventually press up to flying changes. I would work with poles or cavalettis first on the diagonal.
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Landing on the correct lead in the hunter ring is perfectly appropriate. That is exactly what I'd do if I had a horse that had a sticky or no lead change. A late lead change can be considered a major or minor fault; it is up to the judge. A missed change is considered a major fault, as is trotting on course (so a simple lead change would be in this category).

equitate 03-10-2013 06:15 PM

Landing on the correct lead shows you are preparing in advance for the new direction, most certainly you will not be marked down for it. If you can do a figure 8 WITH a fence the horse will understand more clearly as well.

So, how to introduce changes: if the horse is on the forehand they will likey not change united (usually late behind). So getting the horse active and positioning in the working canter is necessary (balanced). Use half halts to prepare the change, change flexion/change direction, asked. But a trainer can help you by a. riding the horse to prepare it, and the b telling you what the timing is.

gypsygirl 03-10-2013 08:57 PM

can your horse counter canter on a 20m circle ?


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