I have a few cantering questions perhaps you all can help me out.
1. How to keep my upper body quiet? Does your arm stay the same level but move forward and back? I think I move it too much sometimes, and when I'm trying not to do that, my trainer said i'm not moving my arm enough so my body is moving to compensate. What's the best way to do this?
2. Canter depart- now I have this problem with only one horse, when I was riding other well trained, been there done that horses, I don't have any issues asking to canter. With this particular horse, he would not canter when I attempt to sit tall, (i tried to sit tall, almost leaning back but I suspect I failed at this because his trot is kinda bouncy and I can barely sit without flopping around). Not sure if it's because of that making him imbalance , he would not canter when I ask him at the corners with a few sitting trots before approaching. I felt like i'm chasing him so I stop trying after a few times.
I reverted to cantering from a walk, and it's the easiest and smooth transition ever. Sit tall and deep, outside leg behind girth, inside leg on girth, squeeze and I see his head bobs, smooth canter transition.
What am I doing wrong here with the trot-canter transition?