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Train For Western Riding
ES 434


Instructor: Nancy Cahill


       The flying change of leads is one of the most advanced maneuvers horses perform, making it one of the most difficult to teach, and the Western Riding competition one of the fastest growing.   Because it is "complicated" in timing, cadence and elevation, the basics must be mastered before the first request for a "flying change."

        Nancy Cahill, AQHA World Champion trainer, takes you step by step through the basics, building toward the perfect position for making the flying change.  Nancy not only gives you the concise information you need, but she shares her philosophy of training to assure you have a complete training plan.

        The course begins with an understanding of what the flying lead change entails, and then proceeds to give you "building block" exercises to prepare your horse for the flat, smooth, effortless changes needed to win.  Nancy gives you a strategy for performing the class and offers "trouble shooting" advice for things that can go wrong during training sessions.  (Nancy's video, Precision In Western Riding, is required viewing and included when you order the course, at no extra charge.)

                           Lesson 1
                                  1.  What talents and abilities needed?
                                  2.  Three components of the flying change.
                                  3.  Philosophy of training

                           Lesson 2
                                  1.  Getting started.
                                  2.  Understanding the change.
                                  3.  Stopping and backing
                                  4.  Turning

                           Lesson 3
                                  1.  Moving off your leg.
                                  2.  Collection.
                                  3.  The side-pass.

                           Lesson 4
                                 1.  Hand and leg control.
                                 2.  Controlling the forehand.
                                 3.  Controlling from the shoulder back.

                           Lesson 5
                                  1.  Turning.
                                  2.  Half passes.
                                  3.  Typewriter exercise.
                                  4.  The counter-canter.

                          Lesson 6
                                 1.  The first change.
                                 2.  "Feeling" the timing.

                          Lesson 7
                                 1.  Making good changes.

                          Lesson 8
                                 1.  The anti-change.

                          Lesson 9
                                 1.  When things go wrong.

                          Lesson 10
                                 1.  Riding the line.
                                 2.  Cone strategy.
                                 3.  The pole.
                                 4.  Scoring the class

         You will be asked to produce videos showing you performing the exercises on your horse which have been described within the lessons and which you have mastered.  You cannot receive a final grade for this course until the videos have been submitted and your training work approved.


       There is are no required textbooks for this course.

        There is no completion deadline for the course.  The student works at his or her own pace.  The student will not be "locked-out". 

         The grading scale for this course is as follows:
                 90-100%  =    A
                 80-89%    =    B
                 70-79%    =    C
                 Below 70%     Fail

        You are strongly encouraged to communicate via email with the instructor. Ms. Cahill is available as an instructor and mentor to assist you in meeting your goals for this course.  If at any time during this course you change your email address, please be sure to notify the instructor and office right away.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms when communicating with the instructor.
        Please include full name and address in all correspondence.  

        Many lessons require written assignments or essays.  They should be submitted as an attachment to an email using Word or a similar word processing software.
        Please be sure to include full name and email address on all documents - not just in the email message. 
        Proper grammar and spelling will be graded.
        Do not use text messaging shorthand or acronyms - this is college level work.

        Access to a horse is required.
        The ability to make videos and submit them to the instructor is required.
        All assignments and quizzes must be completed.

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