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flying lead change. Source: Wikipedia
Blessi has never progressed far enough in his dressage training to move to flying lead changes. His dressage instructors said that he would be capable if he was ridden consistently enough to strengthen and develop a collected, 3-beat canter--which is a challenge for many Icelandics. Some Icelandics have a natural, beautiful 3-beat canter so presumably learning flying lead changes would be easier for them.
A few years ago, I was in email correspondence with a dressage rider in Germany who rides her Icelandic at Level M dressage, which I think is Prix St George level. The Icelandic would have had to be capable of good flying lead changes since the owner said that he scored high enough to win ribbons.
The question came up on the International Icelandic dressage group if Icelandics could perform flying lead changes and, if so, were there any videos showing them performing them. I went on a google/yahoo/youtube search using terms in English, French, and German but could not find any. I did find some ads in Germany for Icelandics listing flying lead changes as one of the horse's abilities.
While searching on-line I came across an interview with Andrea and Richard Janisch Hindrich about gaited horses and collected canter work such as flying lead changes or fliegende Wechsel. You can read the on-line translation from German about the biomechanical requirements for this type of work here:
Here is a link to the article in the original German:
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