As the title implies.
Super happy about it too!
I had worked with a reining trainer last year, who's methods revolved around counter-cantering, breaking down to a trot on the straightaway, and then ask for the change. And then slowly decrease the amount of trotting steps until you have a flying lead change. Didn't work real well for us. Granted, Red also had some soundness issues last year so that probably wasn't helping.
Went to a new reining trainer this year. I've only been to him 2 times. WOW. The change I see in Red just from him getting ridden TWICE by this guy was more than I saw in him from being at the other trainer's place for 30 days. And his methods make sense to me. He advocates for NO trotting. Just make 'em change. Since Red is super comfortable on a counter-canter (and will counter-canter all day long), this makes more sense for us.
So after the first time I went, he gave me some pointers on asking for the flying change. Red prefers his left lead so I thought it would be easiest to start him on his right lead, and then ask for the change to the left. I went an entire 1/2 mile down the field with his rump to (his) left and that little bugger never so much as changed. I was frustrated.
Went back to the trainer and he got on him and made him do a few changes. They weren't perfect, but he did them. Basically we determined I need to get more "firm" with him. Mommy is babying him too much.
So when we were out on the trails yesterday with a nice straightaway, I decided to ask him to change. Nailed it from right to left. Wasn't not pretty in any way shape or form, but he did it! So happy! Couldn't get it from right to left. So after a bit I asked him to go right to left again and he got it again.
2/3 times I guess I consider a success! Just so excited I got him to do it and hope we can work on the left to right change.