Dressage Solutions: Keep Your Horse Straight During Flying Lead Changes

Try this tip from U.S. Dressage coach Debbie McDonald.

To keep your horse straight during the flying change …

Imagine that you are riding on a set of railroad tracks as you apply the aids to prepare for and execute the flying change. Staying on the imaginary line of the tracks will prevent your horse from becoming crooked throughout the movement.

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Debbie McDonald served as U.S. Equestrian’s Dressage Development Coach for many years before taking on the Technical Advisor role. Currently, Debbie is the U.S. Dressage Team coach. Most recently, she coached Team USA to a silver medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.