I've not been cantering very long compared to how long I've been "mastering" the trot, but I've been having one very specific problem when it comes to the canter that I just can't seem to solve. I'm a good visual learner so I try to watch other lessons as well as people riding at shows, but ultimately I'm having a difficulty mastering the actual movement.
My problem arises at certain horses. We have one horse at the barn whose canter is smooth as silk. He's absolutely perfect. I have no problem keeping my heels down and maintaining the pace with him. The rest? Well they tend to "bounce" me up out of the saddle and sometimes I can feel that my feet have come up out of the stirrups some and I almost instinctively want to go into two-point position just to get my heels down and secure again. My trainer says these horses have very "awkward" canters and that's why they feel so bouncy and unusual. On my own time riding I've done extra exercises to try to get used to the bouncy + firm leg position combination. I've done work with the sitting trot so my brain doesn't automatically think I should start posting when I bounce and that's helped a little.
There's one horse in particular my trainer would love me to master but he's very hot and being insecure at the canter just makes me feel even more like he's going to speed off at a gallop instead of the nice, controlled canter I want from him.
I know all the best trotting exercises at this point but is there anything I can work on or ask my trainer to try in order to better solve the feeling of "hovering" along over the saddle with the horse rather than properly riding the canter? I've asked him to let me ride the horse on the lunge on the ones I'm less secure with but while that solves the issue of trying to steer AND sit well I'm still not sitting well!