Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Pacific Northwest
Problems with flying lead changes
I'm having some issues with flying lead changes on my gelding, Scooter. I've been working on reining with him for about at year and a half now and was hoping to go to a few shows this year but we just can't seem to get the flying lead changes down. He knows everything else, just not the lead changes. My trainer has given me a couple exercises to do with him, one is loping a circle then side passing into the circle, then taking of on the other lead and doing the same for that circle. The other is loping a few circles one way, then making a sort of tear-drop shape towards the wall and rolling him back a few times, then setting him up to roll back again but cuing him to go the other way, making him change leads, sometime he does and sometimes he doesn't. I was wondering if you guys could give me a little advice here, I know he's physically capable of doing them, he just doesn't know how to do it when asked, and to be honest, I'm not really sure HOW to ask. I haven't been able to have a lesson in about two months now, so I feel stuck. It's been really frustrating, because we just can't seem to get this down.
Thanks for your help!