I have always been instructed to sit the canter, full contact with the saddle and doing the "belly-dance" motion to move with the horse. I've never had a problem with this but yesterday I had my first lesson at a new stable and when my instructor called for a canter and I did the usual, he pointed out that everyone else was standing out of their saddle. I supposed it was like a two-point it looked like that.
It's obvious that my education has serious holes because I've never been told to canter like that, and everyone else had. Can someone tell me a little more about this? Is it common? Is it better than sitting? Which is preferred at shows?
Also, I hesitate to call it a two point because they seemed to be lowering themselves back into the saddles at one beat and rising back out at another, almost like a posting trot?
I'm very confused!
Thanks so much, everyone!!