Originally Posted by fuadteagan
My instructor said pick up the canter in a corner when your ready. I was ready and cantered. I will keep this in my mind and do this. But I have to learn how to get my horse on a straight line from a canter down the long side,also. Say I'm in a pleasure class and I am coming to the corner before the long side and they say canter. I canter at the corner and Secret canters all crooked. I need to learn to correct her rather than predicting that I will always be asked to canter at a corner before the short side and not the long side.
. Yes, I can prepare and yes, she will learn to canter on a straight line more but still, I need to know how to straighten her out even if she is having a "O hey, I'm a crazy morgan" day.
Yes you need to correct her but you must take it in steps.
If you have been riding her for 2 years,then that is adequate time for her to have learned to canter correctly.
If however you always ask when she is not ready then you simply compound the problem. And repeating everything the same with no correction simply makes things worse.
It seems to me that you don't know how to correct her and I gave you one way. Just not cantering her too much will not help and she is bumpy because she has no balance in the canter is on the wrong lead ( and that is very uncomfortable) and you don't look into that to correct.
Here is in part what I see when you DID ask for the canter. You had some contact in the first corner but when you asked for the canter you dropped it, she ran into the second corner to come down the long side, fell on her inside shoulder ( probably to make it easier for her to pick up her preferred lead) the swung her haunches out and picked up the wrong lead. You stopped her at the end when she had come way off the fence line and you never made any correction for an incorrect response to you asking for, I ASSUME a LEFT lead canter.
So now she associates your request for a left lead canter as her OK to do whatever canter lead she prefers. 10 years down the road she will still do the same until you correct it.
Your coach not giving you adequate or correct instructions is part of the problem.