In a recent lesson, my instructor got us to canter one by one. Everybody else had no trouble picking up the canter - except me. Once I'm in the canter I'm fine, but giving the cue and the transition has always been a sore point for me.
What happened is that I tried to sit to Pita's very choppy trot for a few strides then pushed my outside leg slightly further back and added leg in the corner. He trotted faster. So I slowed down and tried again at the next corner. It took three or four tries for me to put him into canter.
~ pushing my outside leg back causes me to slip to the inside and become unbalanced.
~ I am not very good at sitting to the trot.
~ all I do is ask Pita to trot faster, not to change gaits.
My instructor assures me that we'll be working on it, but has anyone got ideas for how I can improve the transition? Right now it's not a very controlled transition at all. Thankyou!