Can you do rising trot into canter? I have always been taught (from the two different stables I have been too) to do sitting trot before going into canter. At my old stables I was taught just to kick when in sitting trot to get a canter, and only last lesson at my new stables I was taught to move my outside leg to behind the girth when asking. When you say that a kick should not be needed to start a canter, do you mean that I should only give a squeeze?
I'm not very good at two-point, at my old stables I did it for about two lessons in the trot and when jumping (but I was jumping way to early there). My instructor mentioned about two weeks ago that once my canter is better, I will move up to a group lesson and start doing jumping, so I will probably be learning two-point better in a few weeks/months time. I have never started a canter from a walk before, wouldn't the horse just go into trot if you gave them a squeeze/kick at the walk, and then you would be in the same situation?
The "grip with the knee" is really confusing me, at my old stables I was told all the time not to grip with my knee, but at the new stables I have always been taught that I should. They say that that is the only way to stay on, and I can't really tell them that they are wrong. I don't really grip with my knees any way, last lesson I started to use my lower leg to grip a lot, and that really helped. I have been scared that gripping with my lower leg would make the horse go faster, but it didn't.
I think I am only supposed to be sitting a few strides as I go into canter on a corner, and start to sit the trot just before the corner and am suposed to be in canter once I am round the corner, but I end up not sitting the trot properly or accidently rising, and then going into canter after the corner, taking me by suprise, and I end up lurching forward.
FoxyRoxy1507 - thanks for the tips for going into canter.
DraftXDressage - I think I am tensing up, because I am trying to think about so many different things and i'm trying to keep my balance. I haden't thought about the lunge line, I have never been on one and I don't even know if the stables does lunge people.