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Avoiding Unwanted Lead Swaps

When a horse changes its lead on the approach to a jump, or off the ground at take-off, it is commonly referred to as a “swap.” Most often occurring on the long diagonal approach to a single fence, there are several reasons why a horse can be predisposed to suddenly change leads. Here, Lindy Townley shares her tips for understanding this unwanted action. A horse who changes leads consistently off the ground, on the short sides of the ring, or on the way to a fence is most often experiencing some type of discomfort. You can establish that it is a unsoundness or discomfort by paying close attention to whether the horse is changing leads consistently to a favoured lead. Diagnosing this issue can require any number of professional opinions, from the veterinarian to the chiropractor. If you've eliminated discomfort or unsoundness, it would be worthwhile to look at the…

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