First time I canter Bailey, and I must say I love it. She has a very fast and powerful stride but because she isn't bumpy I felt rather secure on her. I know it might be difficult to see anything to critique, but if you have any comments I would appreciate it. (I know I slouch sometimes a little, I am working on my posture).
Truth is, I started with X factor, but he was really fresh and I didn't lunge him enough so he still wanted to canter. SO my trainer made me canter him, but I couldn't keep him going! I have had that problem for a while. I thought maybe it was because I would tense up too much so he would come back to a trot, so I tried to relax but it didn't work. My trainer made me get off and another student cantered him. She rode him really well and when I asked her what she did, she said she just kept squeezing him and used the crop, especially at the corners. Problems is I thought I was doing that (except for the crop), but apparently not enough. I was discourage things, AGAIN (this has been happening for a few months), hadn't worked out with X, but I am happy I was at least able to canter bailey and keep her head strait enough. You can't see it in the video but my left arm was lift up higher than my right and was pulling up towards my shoulder because Bailey has the tendency to put her head inwards.
(What annoys me most is that last summer I was able to canter X for at least one tour around the arena). Now I can't do much more than a quarter.