General Aids for Western Downward Transitions Relax, breathe out and quit following the rhythm of the gait with your hips.
Only apply rein pressure if the horse does not respond. Simple Lead Changes A simple lead change allows you to slow to a trot/jog before cuing your horse to change from one canter/lope lead to the other.
Simple lead changes are easier for a rider to understand the combination of aids and the cues needed to make lead changes. The Flying Lead Change The flying lead change occurs when the horse switches leads in the air without changing gait.
Horses often do flying changes naturally while exercising in the pasture.
The rider must learn how to prepare and properly cue the horse to pick up the new lead.
The moment to cue the new lead is when the horse is balanced (straight) and during the period of suspension that follows each canter/lope stride.
It is only at this point that the horse will be able to perform a flying change.
Some horses tend to become excitable or nervous when they are introduced to this movement, so be sure to teach the horse carefully and patiently.
Some examples of when you would use the flying lead change are in competition over fences, equitation patterns, western riding class, reining, barrel racing and pole bending. 222 4 – H H o r s e P r o j e c t M a n u a l – Riding (Flying lead change) Movements Turn on the Forehand A turn on the forehand is executed from a halt and the horse moves its hindquarters around its forelegs in a circle.
The inner foreleg acts as a pivot and the outer foreleg describes a very small circle.
It can be done through 90, 180 and 360 degrees.
The outer hind leg crosses over in front of the inner hind leg to show a tendency for forward motion. Stage 1 Active Leg
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