Note: Although it was my fifth time riding English and third ever lesson, I do NOT want to hear rude remarks that my instructor is moving too quickly. They are very experienced and are qualified and I trust them to make safe decisions concerning my mount as well as myself. They wouldn't rush anything that would make me into poor rider or that would have me harming my mount. In my few lessons I've turned into quite a confident rider (still respectful toward my mount, but more trusting than what I was when I didn't have an instructor coaching me) and I've improved dramatically. Example: My first lesson I was practically standing in post trot, but now I have my leg properly placed and rise just the right amount and I can now hold two point around the entire arena without slipping back into the saddle. *I should do before and after shots sometime o.o when my father texts pictures from my third lesson to me :3*
Anywhoo. As for the canter, I felt as if I was off "balance"...or it didn't seem as smooth as it should. My instructor told me I did a great job and I assume it's simply like post trot and it'll take me lesson or two to get used to how to properly ride it.
What I'm looking for is, I guess, an explanation on what a person is supposed to be doing during the canter. I've tried finding an example video to no avail. I will be asking my instructor for further explanation at my next lesson (this upcoming Thursday), but I'd like to mentally prepare myself a bit in the meanwhile if at all possible.
Thank you in advance!
Also, as for the "jump" I did, it was a pole on the ground (a whole 3 inches off the ground) that I held two point over...nothing too crazy. I just don't want to hear rude remarks about my instructor methods. :3 I'm pretty sure they know what they're doing.
Again, thank you for the help on the canter. XD