Flying Changes Made Simple

Flying changes are just that – a leap. But not so much a leap of the feet, as a leap of the mind. Your horse may be solid with his leads, never missing a lead cue. Nevertheless, as you now ask him to skip from one to another, there’s a disconnect, as if he’s asking: “How do I get there from here?” Your job is to make the bridge from lead to lead as logical as possible. Here are the building blocks you’ll need: 1. Knowledge of leads. Getting the lead you ask for – anytime, anywhere. On whatever line you steer your horse, he strikes off on the lead you ask. Not just on the rail. 2. Counter canter. Your horse should stay balanced and comfortable cantering on the outside lead. I don’t want a horse to relate a change of lead with a change of direction. That’s a…

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