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post #11 of 16 Old 03-05-2012, 05:43 PM
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Unfortunately, altho there are trainers on the list in NY, only one is any closer than the ones we use...... Worth it tho!

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post #12 of 16 Old 03-20-2012, 05:17 PM
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If you're looking for lead changes, the best way is to counter canter. So what you need to do is pick up a counter canter and lope some circles in the counter canter. The horse won't like it and will want to change leads, but make sure to hold him in it untill you ask for it which I have been taught to do by turning your head, and pressing with the other foot. The horse will do this willingly. If you do it often enough, the horse will soon do lead changes on command, just remember to cue him properly.
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My trainer has taught me, just this week, since we are working on changes-that when you are doing your circles, when you go through the middle, keep your outside leg on. Be really consistent in doing that. THen, when you want a change, switch legs in the middle as you tell the horse to take the other circle. Works for me, and I have always had a really hard time with changes. Just makes so much sense. My trainer is NOT a fan of the counter canter. At all. Love him. He explains stuff so simply.

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My trainer has taught me, just this week, since we are working on changes-that when you are doing your circles, when you go through the middle, keep your outside leg on. Be really consistent in doing that. THen, when you want a change, switch legs in the middle as you tell the horse to take the other circle. Works for me, and I have always had a really hard time with changes. Just makes so much sense. My trainer is NOT a fan of the counter canter. At all. Love him. He explains stuff so simply.

This is the proper way to do a lead change but if you can not move your horses hip over first it does not make a difference. With out being able to control the horses hip you will never get a consistend correct lead change when needed.

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This is the proper way to do a lead change but if you can not move your horses hip over first it does not make a difference. With out being able to control the horses hip you will never get a consistend correct lead change when needed.
agreed totally. But does Counter cantering move the hip more than this? Moving the hip is one of the first things, at least it was for me.......

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The CC does several thing non of which should be teaching a lead change.

One thing a CC will do it keep a horse honest. Keep then straight up and down and so on. It is a great tool to have and I believe a horse needs to be able to do a CC in both directions but this realy should be after the horse already has a good flying lead change.

For me the first things a horse learns is to move their him shoulder and rib cage and one of the last things you work on is the Flying lead change however if you have done all the foundation work the FLC should come easy.
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