Lead Changes

Horse Racing

Why do Racehorses Change Leads?

Changing leads is the act of switching the leg that will reach farther forward in stride,

Switching leads

Why Switch Leads?

Racehorses change leads to maintain balance and negotiate a turn to the left or the right more efficiently..

The correct lead for your horse is the most straightforward strategy you’ll use to travel the shortest distance between two points.

If a racehorse is running on the wrong lead around a turn, he has to put extra effort to stride through each step.

When horses switch to the correct lead, it gives them a boost of energy to power forward.