Teach Your Horse Flying Lead Changes

Teach Your Horse Flying Lead Changes

Follow these simple steps to train your horse
to change leads smoothly & confidently

Imagine your horse performing flying lead changes smoothly and correctly. Wouldn’t it be great to have your horse changing leads willingly without any lurching or missing a hind lead? You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to teach your horse this maneuver using the techniques demonstrated in this video.

This Video Is Divided Into Six Sections — Each Section is Literally Jam-Packed With Information!

Here’s What You’ll Learn…

  1. “Mechanics Of The Flying Lead Change”. It’s important to know how a horse’s body works while changing leads and what cues cause the change. This section explains what a horse must physically do in order to perform the change smoothly and correctly. I show you the proper sequence of using your legs and hands to ask for the lead change in a way your horse can understand.
  2. “Preparatory Training For Lead Changes”. In this section I show you what your horse should know before you start to seriously ask him for lead changes. You’ll see how to get control of your horse’s head, neck, shoulders and hindquarters. You’ll also learn how to use your legs and spurs in a way that won’t upset your horse.
  3. “Changing Leads On Green Horses”. Here, I demonstrate the techniques I use to change leads on horses that haven’t had a lot of training. These methods are great for testing your horse to see if he has a natural aptitude for changing leads (before you spend a lot of time on the preparatory training).
  4. “Timing The Lead Change”. If you’ve ever had trouble getting your horse to change leads behind maybe it’s because you asked for the change at the wrong part of his stride. You see, there is only one part of a horse’s stride when he is physically able to change the hind lead. If your timing is off, you’ve asked him to change when it’s impossible for him to do it.
  5. “Solutions For Lead Changing Problems”. There are some horses that are really difficult to get changed. Especially behind. This section deals specifically with hard to change horses. I demonstrate a technique that is almost guaranteed to work on any horse. Even the tough ones.
  6. “Refining Performance”. Once you get your horse changing leads fairly consistently, it’s time to add a little refinement to his performance. In this part of the video you’ll learn how to smooth things out, slow him down and improve his head position.

In Addition To The Above Information, You’ll Also Learn…

  • How to teach your horse to lope circles on a light rein.
  • How to train your horse to do correct canter departures.
  • A special way to get your horse to do flying lead changes in 30 minutes or less. (I’m not kidding! Only one half-hour or less.)
  • How to keep your horse calm while changing leads.
  • And much, much more!

All in all, I think you’ll really like this video. The horses used for the demonstrations weren’t finished reiners so they made some mistakes. You’ll see how to correct those mistakes in “real world” training situations.

Production values: First rate. The picture and sound track are crystal clear.

Running time: Approx. 1 hour and 30 minute DVD.

Price: $49
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Success Story

Dear Larry,

I am a trainer in central Ohio and I just recently started showing reiners. I just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how much your videos have helped me.

I was having a lot of trouble with my lead changes. The instruction you gave in that video was top notch. Now, I feel very confident in that area.

I also have your Rollback and Spin video. Again, very helpful. I just ordered your starting on cattle video, as I’m hoping to get into working cow horse.

Anyway, I just wanted to thank you.

— Authur Buentello


  1. Kathy says

    I have retired to Spain, which is in a financial plight as you may have read in the world news , subsequently many horses have just been abandoned. I have now rescued, broken and re-homed two, with another two now work in progress.

    Until now I would never have entertained the idea of training a horse, not just from scratch but ill treated animals who in their desperation to escape human contact have no compunction in showing you heels or running right over you; now I feel that the only way I can help is to break them to a point where I can say “this is as safe as any horse ever is”.

    Larrys’ method of breaking is similar to other famous trainers without the razzamataz or more importantly without the hefty price tag.

    The method works and are clear steps to practice, which as we all know makes perfect.

    I have just recieved the free how to teach young horses to take the correct lead, and cannot wait to go and give it a go on the first horse I broke, which of course now lives with me and will forever. When I tell people I broke him myself at the age of 60 +, I am not sure they quite believe me as I am such a small lady and my horse is so brilliantly behaved, it is such a thrill to see the results. Of course without a step by step method this would not have been attainable.

    So for those of you who would like to be tuned into your horse, get this professional help, its not rocket science, anyone can do it PROVIDING you have a blue print to follow.

    • LarryTrocha says

      @morgan: Hi Morgan. No… not if you want your horse to change correctly, reliably and with confidence.

      Good, consistent flying lead changes are not difficult to teach a horse but there is a definite “right way” to do it.

      If you go at it “hap-hazard” you will more than likely do more harm than good.

      Larry T.

  2. Eva Valekova says

    Hy Larry,

    thank you very much, your DVD´s are veery good. I have 3 2year old horses and I training them. Is lot of work on them, but your DVD s are very helpfull. I would like to statr to wor with spurs, but my horses are very suprised, when I try to use them. Can you give me advise how to use spurs on a horse, my horse will understand spurs and not be angry.

    Thank you very much,

    • LarryTrocha says

      @Eva Valekova: Hi Eva. There is no secret to it. Just start using them. Start out with a DULL rowel. You can always use sharper ones later.

      Be sure to use the spurs with a PRESS and RELEASE motion.

      DO NOT JAB.

      Larry T.

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