Originally Posted by Kayty
OP, there are only so many critiques you can get - otherwise you'll just get a bunch of people saying exactly the same thing over and over and over...and over... and over.....
Kayty's right. My input was going to be "read Kayty's post again". I love the elbow hinge description. I am also guilty of letting the whole upper body follow the motion instead of anchor the elbow. I also thought while watching your first canter circle, that I probably would have half halted 10 times or more on that circle alone. Your horse falls onto the forehand quickly and needs either half halts within the canter or canter-trot transitions to get his legs under him more.
The only independent thought I had was regarding your not quite being in the saddle and the stiffness in your lower legs. If you can, every few strides take your legs completely off the saddle and let them fall back into place. It helps reset your core center of balance, takes the stiffness out of the equation if only for a moment and seems to get the rider more with the motion...that is of course if you don't fall off first instead.