View Full Version : Any Ideas on Teaching Canter Lead changes?
7th Jan 2002, 03:39 PM
My pony is 11 and has been schooled. He has been jumped and done most things however, I would like to ask him to do a flying change which I have been told he could only ever do on one rein. How can I teach him to change lead. I think I am going to have to start as if he had never done it before in his life.
At the moment we go down to trot for a couple of strides then back up to Canter. I have tried changing the rein and figures of 8, so he changes lead naturally but he is rather stiff.
Does anyone have any suggestions for either:
working with him and improving his suppleness?
how to teach him a change of lead?
He does fine in every other gait and is very good on circles and serpentines.
7th Jan 2002, 04:19 PM
Sounds like you're going the right way about things with using serpentines and circles for suppling. vary the sizes with leg yields to really get him responding to your leg & weight aids, which must be absolutely clear. To enable him to do flying changes he must be able to go into canter on either leg on a straight line and jump into it as soon as you ask. So that's something to really work on - good transitions.
7th Jan 2002, 05:35 PM
We are very good at circles and have perfected pretty much all the 10m, 20m and 50m (I think I may have my measurements wrong but you get the idea) circles at walk and trot - canter we can do most except the smallest ones. I think the turn is too tight at the mo. We can get canter now straight off - although he is reluctant to go forward if we are not in a corner - any ideas?
I have accidentally had one wrong lead canter on a straight, but he didn't change leg of his own will - even at the corner - he returned to trot and then straight back up to canter. (MAybe we canget this soo fast you don't notice eh? :p )
Any suggestions for canter on the straight as well? Sorry to really pick your brains on this one!
By the way - can I say also that of all the hand-drawn horse pictures I saw at Olympia - none even half-matched the quality of yours! One day I may even be able to afford one of them!
9th Jan 2002, 03:51 AM
Does he always trot when he changes on his own?? Is that may be a bit trickier to fix than if he dosent know how to do them at all.
If he goes over poles on the ground ok try this.
Set up a pole in the center of the ring one one of the diagonals. On the left rein pick up a canter that is collected but has implusion. Canter over the pole(dont do a jump position or foreward seat) keep your seat and ask for a change to the right.
If your horse is well schooled you could try the pole but in the corner and ask for a counter canter and then ask for the change over the pole in the corner. This takes a horse/pony that has a lot of balance so it might be harder.
Let us know how you get on!!
Forgot to mention, you might want to have someone on the ground that knows if a change is correct or not.
And if your horse gets the front and not the back, put him.her in a circle the way you want to go and kick with your outside leg. Be sure not to let the horse slow down to trot and then change as that is a bad habbit to correct.Also you dont want a mad gallop either as you will loose any balance you have.
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