Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck
We haven't practiced picking it up from an aid, but can do 3 loop serpentines without him trying to switch.
Try working at the walk counter canter.
If he gets it try walk canter, walk counter canter. Hold him at a clear walk so it becomes steady. Anticipation can be a good thing as horses will learn by patterns so if he is picking up the pattern in relation of the transition to canter then a leg switch when ready will be easier. You just have to watch that it is not rushed.
If you feel the upward transition will be sloppy then walk a little longer as if you do not intend to ask for anything. On the smart horses it is a matter of YOU anticipating what the horse might do and try to out smart them.
This is the pattern I do to get my changes and when I felt he was ready I asked for the switch from the COUNTER canter to the normal canter usually coming into a corner.
You may just have to be careful that he doesn't pick up the counter canter switch to the point of him always feeling that a switch is expected whenever you are counter cantering and entering a corner. This is why I prefer to have the counter canter well established before attempting the flying change.