Lead Change


No More Wrong Leads

Learn to nail your lope transitions with this demonstration from world champion trainer Carol Metcalf.
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Lead Changes: Using the Fence

Use your arena fence to help change leads.
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Lead Changes: Diagonals

Ensure your horse stays honest during lead changes with this diagonals drill.
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Lead Changes: Lateral Movements

Use these lateral movements to improve your lead change.
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Lead Changes: Shifting Your Body

Shifting your body weight helps your horse have a successful lead change.
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Lead-Change Drill

If you’re not getting your lead change in the correct part of your pattern, chances are you’re leaving points on the table. While changing leads in the center of the arena might seem easy, many riders struggle with finding center and staying straight before, during, and after a flying lead change.
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Introduction to Ranch Riding: Flying Lead Change

Bud Lyon breaks down how he works with a rider learning how to do a flying lead change.
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Hourglass Drill

Don’t let your horse change directions just because he changes leads. Use this drill to keep your horse straight after a lead change.
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Train & Maintain Flying Lead Change

Learn how to successfully train and maintain a flying lead change.
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Horse Show Game Plan: Practice

Here’s how to practice and strategize your weakest areas before you walk through that horse-show in-gate.
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Ranch Riding Simple Lead Change

Bud Lyon shows examples of simple lead changes for the ranch riding.
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Fix Lead-Change Anticipation

Correct your horse’s lead-change anticipation in the Western riding pattern with these expert techniques.
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Exercise: Straightness for Lead Changes

Use this exercise to improve your straightness for lead changes.
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