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Changes are tough! It can take a good year of solid work to get them so that they are clean even 90% of the time.
The first and most important thing is to get a good, calm reaction to the aid. The second thing is getting the horse to change on the stride that you want and the final thing is getting them clean (ie the horse switches front and back legs at the same time).
You want to make sure that the horse is well balanced in both true and counter canter and that they can easily do simple changes through the walk. From there it really depends on the horse on how best to teach them, but the basic premise is that you want to be able to slide and ask for the change with your legs on the count of three and have the horse jump through from the new inside leg to the new outside rein. The inside leg - outside rein connection is very important in the changes! It is likely if you are having to support too much with the new outside leg or new inside rein that the horse is not balanced or straight enough for the changes.

Good luck!
 
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