Next we played with canter circles and flying lead changes. Kai tends to get excited when doing fast changes of direction and can get bracy so for now I am using the fence to help him. He did a good change when I finally got my timing right and we quit on that.
I decided to just try freestyle lead changes and see what happens. So I tackled him up in the bareback pad and set up a cavaletti on the lowest setting and then asked Kai to go over it at liberty. At first he ran off but then quickly came back and did as I asked. My reasoning was that if he did it willingly at liberty he is very likely to easily go over it when I ride him. When I got on I asked him for lateral flexion as always and then asked him to canter right away.
I cantered him a lap and then asked him to do a lead change over the cavaletti. And he nailed it!!!! Farrah showed me how to set up the horse for a lead change during my lessons with her in Cody. I also got to watch Isabelle Farmer 2* Parelli professional teaching her horse lead changes over a jump too. Observing Isabelle's timing helped me so much!
Kai did two more flying changes one in each direction and I jumped off and untacked him on the spot. I hosed him off and gave him his Apple before putting him back in the pasture.