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Help!!! Lead Changes are Giving Him A Nervous Breakdown

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  • Help!!! Lead Changes are Giving Him A Nervous Breakdown

    No, we have not drilled, punished, cropped or spurred. In fact, we only ask for simples at home. And, yes, he is young. He can, and does do them when asked, but his anxiety causes him to get very strong, before and after. Anyone ever dealt with this? What did you do? He is jumping courses, and doing well, except for this. Stumped......

  • #2
    Maybe this will help?



    • Original Poster

      Really good article. Thanks so much. I printed it.


      • #4
        Yayyy great article Thanks!
        Erin and
        Instant Karma "Sunny", ShineDown "Liam"

        "You can't control the wind, but you can adjust the sails."


        • #5
          Really great article. Thank you for posting that.
          "Aye God, Woodrow..."


          • #6
            You are all welcome. It made a lot of sense to me.


            • #7
              My current hunter used to do changes well, but started getting very upset before and after and kicking out. Turned out he had stifle issues and they were causing him discomfort. Gave estrone IM and it fixed him immediately. Did tons of strengthening exercises which also helped.


              • #8
                Excellent article, and very relevant to me as I am thinking about starting to teach changes to the green mare I am riding. Thanks for posting it, Limerick.
                I heard a neigh. Oh, such a brisk and melodious neigh as that was! My very heart leaped with delight at the sound. --Nathaniel Hawthorne


                • #9
                  Don Sheehan started 2 young horses for me. I can attest to his methods for lead changes. Both of mine came back to me with beautiful changes.

                  One thing the article touches on but may not make clear is the way he does his serpentines:

                  He does not make connected 1/2 circles. He keeps on the circle until it is 3/4th finished, THEN he rebends the horse to start the next 3/4 circle.

                  Think of the ribbon candy that you can buy at Christmas. Not quite that exaggerated, but that is the idea.

                  That is what he means by "teardrop". In his serpentines, he is actually connecting "teardrop shapes".

                  I learned from him that the "folding back on your track" is what really enables you to emphasize the change of direction and change of bend.

                  The other thing I learned (from someone else) is to think of a flying change as a canter depart from the canter.

                  You do not ask a young horse for a canter depart from the walk if he is counter bent or falling in. Same with a lead change. Prepare him for the "canter depart" in a lead change the same way you would from the walk. To do this he must learn to rebend and move off your leg as soon as you ask him to. That is what Don's teardrop serpentines teach him.
                  "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

                  Charles Krauthammer speaking about Trump


                  • #10
                    I happened to watch a video of a dressage horse schooling changes - it had a similar problem, getting strong after the change. Clinician had rider ask for and get the change, then immediately do a ten-meter circle on the new lead. This worked nicely to slow the horse, sit it back some and keep its attention.
                    We don't get less brave; we get a bigger sense of self-preservation........


                    • #11
                      Make sure you are going forward enough


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Limerick View Post
                        I love this article. thank you so much for posting!
                        2012 goal: learn to ride like a Barn Rat

                        A helmet saved my life.


                        • Original Poster

                          Have made notes on all suggestions, but I have one question. What is estrone? Never heard of it.
                          Please, if anyone else has thoughts or suggestions, keep them coming. This horse has had TONS of flat work, including lots of counter canter.
                          I love this bulletin board, for this reason. Thanks to all!!!


                          • #14
                            It is a derivative of estrogen. i would call and ask your vet. we have it compounded. Full name is estrone sulfate. I believe we give 10 cc IM every 2 weeks.


                            • Original Poster

                              Reay6790, how does a hormone help the stifle?


                              • #16
                                I would think that it tightens/shortens a ligament that might be catching in the stifle.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by happyhacker View Post
                                  Reay6790, how does a hormone help the stifle?
                                  I don't believe it is totally known. Something to do with what addison said. They aren't sure if it tightens or loosens, but it works on a lot of horses with stifle issues.