Lead Changes

Lead Changes

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Lead Changes-Hunters: Discuss how you judge a missed change, a late swap, a skip behind, versus landing on the correct lead after every jump. Are you more critical of these errors in a Pre-Green class versus an Amateur/Junior class?

Hunters are expected to canter on the correct (inside) lead and change leads as they change directions on course.  Clean lead changes on-command are smooth.  However, lead changes can come in varieties… a switch in front before the hind ("disunited") or with a quick trot step prior to changing.  The judges comment on their preferences and whether textbook lead changes are expected less in the Pre-Green (inexperienced) divisions versus the Junior/Amateur classes.