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Introducing Single Flying Changes with Albrecht Heidemann

It is ridden as part of a change of rein, out of countercanter, following an extended canter, between half-passes in zig-zags, and in sequences that culminate with the ultimate flying change exercise, the one-tempi changes. Albrecht Heidemann has learned that while specific approaches and exercises must be tailored to fit the individual horse, there are a few basic principles that increase the likelihood of success in developing the flying changes. “Take the time so that the horse understands,” he advises in regard to all the exercises related to the flying changes. “Before the flying changes can be introduced, and throughout the horse's training in all flying change exercises, the golden rule is “instant availability”: that when you apply the aids the horse doesn't develop a response in a few strides, but that he instantly responds.” A native of Germany, Albrecht Heidemann earned his Beireiter license and his German Gold Medal,…

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