He keeps gait, but he slows down A LOT. It's a constant thing, but made worse by me nagging. The few times my coach has hopped on she just gets him so forward with no effort from her!!!! How.... ='( But basically, I'm nagging so he starts to ignore me, so I get worse and so on.
I DO ride with a whip, lol. It gets his attention, but it doesn't really faze him.
But yeeeep. Really frustrating because I can feel my leg creeping forward and up instead of down. I correct it, but then I lose all forwardness so I focus on that, and then it creeps up again!!! XP It's getting better, but still a work in progress.
For canter, I'm still not very confident. I think 'forward!' but I know my body goes 'nope, good right we are.' >.> I'm just trying to focus on keeping my upper body still and stretching down and relaxing as opposed to his energy. For now.