Lead Change

Lead Change Between First and Second


When do I change? Where do I change and why do I change there?   I’ve been to quite a few barrel racing clinics and these are common questions.   How do you train your horse to change leads out of first barrel (or between first and second barrel)?


I’ve heard a variety of answers all from professional barrel racers with a long list of achievements. Here are some of their thoughts on the matter:


  • Don’t worry about it, they figure it out
  • Never approach second on the wrong lead
  • Train for flying lead changes before I go to the pattern
  • Break the horse from a lope to a trot out of first (then pick up the other lead)
  • Break the horse to a trot at my rate point at second and pick up the other lead to lope around second
  • Teach them a flying lead change out of first on the pattern
  • Ask for correct leads going slow, but don’t worry about it going fast


Which is the correct way to do it?  That is up to you.   But, here are my thoughts on it.  I want to turn the barrel on the correct lead so I will try and avoid approaching the second barrel on the wrong lead.   Assuming I am loping, I will come out of first, set up for lead change (by finishing the barrel and pushing off).  I will feel for the correct lead and if I didn’t get it I will break to a trot and pick up the correct one and carry on.  Now this is where it is important your horse is very well broke before you start on the pattern.  If you have to trot for 10 strides before you get your lope you are going to be at second and not properly prepared to turn it.  To me, properly turning the second barrel is more important than my lope so I will either stop and regroup or stay in a trot and prepare for second (if I haven’t caught my lope.




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