We've come a long way from the horse that couldn't trot more than a few insane strides. Next spring I would like to move up to Novice, but I know our dressage is really holding us back... I'd really like to be back in the low 30s high 20s... that was fun.
Biggest challenge is still the canter. We are finally on our hind quarters, cantering very up hill and light. It's like his feet barely pat the ground. =) However, his head is still in my face and neck hollow, so I suspect we're not really working correctly. Unless I use a Kimberwhick I don't get that rounded feeling. He is however very light in the mouth and has nice upward and downward transitions and can extend and collect the canter to some degree. He reaches beautifully for the bit at the walk and trot, but up snaps the head in the canter. Any ideas on exercises? Or maybe what I am doing wrong?
My trainer has me doing a lot of circles and lateral work. Looking at the one picture, I'm hoping I'm not leaning like that all the time. Eep.