I haven’t posted in ages because Jake had tendinitis, and as a result had to have 4 months off and has only come back into work this month! But I have been riding my sister’s Quarter Horse, Flynne, for that period of time who has in the space of 4 months, moved from Novice to Elementary to Medium. However now that we’ve hit Medium level, he needs to flying changes, but we are struggling with them a bit and he even has my coach a bit confused about what he is doing; he does beautiful simple changes, can go walk/canter and canter/walk without any issues at all, his canter is balanced and bouncy (although he doesn’t have the natural bit moment of suspension of a horse built for dressage), his lateral movements in canter including the start of pirouettes are established, but he just can’t seem to wrap his head around the flying change? He seems to know what I am asking, because when I apply the aid he almost launches himself in the air and changes, but only if he has 2-3 strides of a very very fast canter first which is far from ideal. I have tried over a pole, tried asking on both a straight line or a serpentine, and I’ve tried asking from a half pass, but nothing seems to be helping; do you have any ideas?
Also I was wondering (photo attached), if the angle of his half-pass is okay? (the photo was taken just as we got to the wall)
Thanks in advance!