So I've been working with my trainer all winter at getting my mare more balanced and in more of a self-carriage at the trot. Now it's time to start with the canter, but unfortunately her canter is still VERY on the forehand, and I tend to tense up and in an effort to stay off her back I stand up in kind of a cross country pose, which of course I can't do in dressage
In addition to dropping onto the forehand and basically RUNNING, my mare will challenge ANYONE to a game of tug of war and pull you up out of your seat which is always fun LOL I need to get a video of me riding my mare at the canter (maybe tonight I'll ask my trainer to), but here is another video of me riding one of the school horses, a mare named Dixie, at my barn. I rode her just to work on my own form, without having my mare running and pulling me over her head. But you can see some of the bad habits I've already taught myself, like being too rigid with my upper body.
Any tips on how to get more relaxed with my mare who runs and braces against the bit, pulling her head down?