Join Date: May 2007
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
I would get to the point where I could pick up either lead from a standstill, walk, or trot, on the straight, easily and immediately. After getting the leads and simple changes down pat, the flying changes might just come, but it is a little more complicated than that because you want to make sure they are driving the change from their hips and not just changing in the front.
When you get simple changes and individual lead commands down pat, maybe have a trainer help you finish off the flying changes (it would only take a couple of guiding lessons to point you in the right direction if you had all of the foundation).