So if what I describe is so counter to what you say, did I NOT say that I put the counter canter in first and install the change last? By now I have said it several times, it is a wonder that in the face of that repetition you still respond as if I had said the opposite.
And to my point that the lead change is a test. You disagree with this too? If you ask the horse one day, "Hey is there a change in there?" and discover he's not quite laterally responsive enough for it and then based on that diagnosis you do some legyield work in trot and canter before trying again in a few days, do you somehow disagree that this will improve the horse? Is there some argument you are making that using a leadchange as an indicator of what basics to emphasize is going to be somehow harmful? Is there some instance you are thinking of where it is BETTER to have a canter that is too crooked or quick for a change and the horse would be done a disservice by addressing whatever the underlying issue is? Similarly is I ask my horse to do 1s on a circle tomorrow I guarantee you we will fail. So they're not a NECESSITY. But can you really disagree with the idea that if I try, and fail, and discover that the primary contributor to this spectacular failure was lack of sufficient collection, that working on improving the collection then will overall develop the horse? Does this more clearly explain to you the difference between "test" and "necessity" or are you going to come on here and with a straight face argue with me with the greatest indignation you can muster that I am saying 1s on a circle are necessary for BN eventing?
And where have I said they are a necessity? I have said they are a good indicator, the same way that if a horse follows you on the trailer the first time you ask him it indicates your groundwork has been good. But you can theoretically train a horse without ever loading it on a traiker. So it's a good indicator, but not NECESSARY. Does my posting that trailer loading is a good I.dicator similarly mean to you that I am saying putting the horse on and off the trailer 50 times every day is NECESSARY and daily trailer loading should be a top priority? Are you also going to ask me to go work at a developing a prelim horse and see how many days trailer loading is a top priority? Because you have repeatedly made the same false jump about my feelings that a lead change is a good indicator.
I'm not sure what you are hammering into me about. Like, what are you trying to get me to say that will indicate to you that you have 'won' this conversation? Hey, make sure to NEVER see what the change reveals to you about where the horse is at and for the love of God don't address any issues that reveal themselves? That's a total waste of time and probably even counter productive and would never ever be of benefit to any horse? Would you feel like you had achieved your goals on this thread then?
Surely you are aware that you don't actually need my approval to ride however you want, but I also do not need your approval to see about a leadchange on every 2'6" horse I ride, install one with no muss no fuss, and then relegate them to a quick checkin. I have not been trying to crucify anyone on this thread and I know it is hard to believe but it would actually be possible for you to continue to ride yourway without trying to smack down anyone else who happens to mention they ride differently and finds leadchanges useful as a test of the canter or as a good diagnosis of what to work on (if you chose to use it). That is not actually the hugely unreasonable point you are trying to make it out to be and I'm not sure why you are so aggressively trying to beat it out of me.