Today at the barn we had another weekly group ride. We usually ride around the arena for an hour or two, and then race barrels and then poles before cooling our horses, brushing them down, and then graining/kicking them out.
Today I rode Shay (closest), an Appaloosa that I normally avoid because of his sour attitude. After all, who wants to deal with a Crappy Appy on a nice Sunday ride? This time I wanted someone different; not the dead broke horses but not the completely PMS-y mare Darla. So I chose the medium, Shay! And a good choice.
Anyway, I took Shay through a practice run on the poles, which to my knowledge he's never done before today. Outside of some minute turning issues -- thinking that when we rounded the end pole it was time to haul balls back to the start -- he did rather well. So my mentor went to fetch a timer and decided to make it a game and time us. Shay and I went last.
After going down we turned through the poles; and I heard a co-worker exclaim about his lead changes.
I felt nothing.
So I'm curious: did I give him a cue or did he do it naturally? Some people say it's difficult to keep your seat in flying lead changes, but I felt nothing out of the ordinary.
Can anyone tell me more about flying lead changes and their cues? I read that it has to do with shifting your weight, or it's nudging the horse in a specific way. It's all confusing. How do you guys do it? What are the mechanics of executing a flying lead change, and how should I maintain my seat?