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?