I have a very basic problem and am hoping for some insight!
Sitting pretty during the medium trot-to-canter transition. I struggle with it! A while back (while I was focusing on muscling up my gelding), I encountered the fact that my horse had become very one-sided and was having horrible trouble with his left lead from a trot. Among other solutions, the one that was truly effective came from a friend who told me to get off of his back instead of sitting deep. Now, I don't mean two-point-- I just mean lightening my seat and lifting my butt off of his back so that his first canter stride rises into me. Basically, I lift myself and he lifts himself into the canter, allowing me to sink down into the stride and follow him. I hope this makes sense!
While this works and is a fine solution as far as effectiveness goes, it has also allowed me to escape learning how to sit deep and balance him (instead of getting off of his back and allowing him to balance himself) into the correct lead from a trot. I also believe that it isn't correct to lighten your seat into an upward transition (?). Now when I sit into the transition, it doesn't feel smooth and even on a bend he might pick up the wrong lead (I assume it's partly my throwing him off balance).
Can anyone give me some insight on what I'm doing? I try to sit the trot as much as possible and work stirrupless (that's a given!). I've been told a prompt transition from trot-to-canter minimizes the amount of time you have to bounce along, but I think it's more fair to sit, signal that something's coming and then ask (maybe 2 strides) so that he can be prepared for the transition.
Another option relates to my saddle (but then I feel that's an excuse). I ride in a Wintec Pro Dressage that has a rather wide twist and open seat, and I'm told it can make sitting the trot difficult. I don't know if there's any credibility to this since I haven't ridden in many other saddles. Just throwing ideas out there!
Any advice is appreciated!