I've got a bit of an issue at the moment with flying changes and showing this summer. We are planning on showing hunters this summer, and it wouldn't be anything big, 2' 3/6" classes at most. Now the mare that I'm planning to ride knows her flying changes, but she doesn't complete them very clean or always know what you are asking for when you would ask for the change. She will either 1. Completely ignore what you are asking for because I honestly think she's just forgotten the cue 2. Rush into the bridle and get on her forehand and after the flying change, proceed with an unbalanced rhythm.
My next show is at the beginning of July, so I've got quite some time. But what I'm wondering is that if my trainer and I can't get her lead changes down pat (I lesson once a week and ride all six other days in the summer) will it be that big of a deal if I don't complete flying changes at this level? We are competing in the B and A circuit and may end up doing a AA show to end the summer, if that helps for the importance of her changes.
Also, what kind of exercises do you know of that could help calm down her flying changes and not get her to push into the bit so much?
Thanks in advance everyone! :)