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A Small Foray into Flying Changes

A Small Foray into Flying Changes

FORGET IT, THE RIGHT LEAD IS DUMB ANYWAYS, WE’LL JUST NOT DO IT.

I haven’t really been riding the past few days, but before I started my small break that was my general attitude, LOL. At some point I got so annoyed that I decided to see what happens when I pick up the left lead and then just switch directions. The result? Half of a flying change!

The next day, after consulting with some of my knowledgeable Instagram followers, I came out with a loose plan. I picked up a big, forward canter, aimed him towards a wall, and then, right when we were a couple strides away from smashing into it, I did a dramatic change of direction using my outside aids while shifting my weight extra hard. A couple of tries later and BAM! A full flying change!

We probably won’t make these a consistent part of our training for a while, but I’m hoping to use some of the things I learned while dabbling in them to help me out whenever Raglan crossfires on the right lead.

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