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Clinton Anderson's new western performance horse DVD series on lead changes will be my knowledge base. He shows how to teach lead changes on a few 2 and 3yr olds. I highly recommend the series. (I'm not being paid to endorse the product, btw.)
To do lead changes really well, you have to have the prep work done properly and consistently. There's no point in trying lead changes if our horses can't counter canter or 2-track at the lope well. Here is a list of the general steps. I will go into detail with future articles.
General Summary Prep Work Steps:
- Good body control foundation. Moving/Controlling the 5 main body parts: head and neck, poll, shoulders, ribcage and hips. Exercises like bending, counter bending, 2 tracking, hip in , side passing at all 3 gaits. 2-tracking at the lope is especially important.
- Loping soft and supple, with little to no resistance in the bridle.
- Lead departures are solid. The horse is supple in the bridle, with no resistance. You nail that lead departure every time!
- Counter cantering with good balance and no impromptu lead changes.
- Simulate lead change at the trot.
- Beginning lead changes in a counter
canter circle, staying in the circle after the change.
- Intermediate lead changes in the circle,
figure 8 and straight line – 2 handed and then 1 handed. Practise
show pen lead changes.
- Advanced lead changes 1 handed
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