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post #1 of 6 Old 05-11-2012, 11:52 PM Thread Starter
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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.

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post #2 of 6 Old 05-12-2012, 12:02 AM
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Can your trainer get him to do flying changes?

If you don't know how to cue it and your horse doesn't know how to do it, I would suggest having the trainer work with him. It doesn't really take as long as some people think to train a flying change if you have a proper foundation. Getting them perfect though does take time.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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That's hard to do because I don't board at the same place he trains :/ We haul in for lessons. I would honestly love to board there but it's more than I can afford.
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Why don't you ask if your trainer can spend a lesson with you working on flying changes and then when you get home you can practice with that? Or ask him to do a training ride on your horse? (My trainer will often jump on horses just for one ride to correct something, and it costs me $15-25)

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Have you tried putting a single pole down at the point of the change? I'll put a pole down, lope a circle, and then change leg/rein over the pole. Sometimes it helps the horse lift. :/ The things your trainer suggested sound good, and I would do what Sorrel said too.


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Why don't you ask if your trainer can spend a lesson with you working on flying changes and then when you get home you can practice with that? Or ask him to do a training ride on your horse? (My trainer will often jump on horses just for one ride to correct something, and it costs me $15-25)
We usually spend most of the lesson on lead changes, and spend a little time on turn-arounds.

I'll ask him next time I see him. It's just been hard since I haven't had a lesson in so long, I feel like I'm going backwards instead of forwards with my riding/training.

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Have you tried putting a single pole down at the point of the change? I'll put a pole down, lope a circle, and then change leg/rein over the pole. Sometimes it helps the horse lift. :/ The things your trainer suggested sound good, and I would do what Sorrel said too.

I've done that, and then done the sidepassing exercise my trainer has me do except having him stop over the pole and side pass to the end of it.
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