And sorry if it's a little too long.
What can I do to improve my canter?
Sorry I don't have a photo (I have a video but it's a really low quality so you won't see anything anyway)
I know what my problem is and HOW to correct it but I just seem to be unable to do that when i'm on the horse! When i'm thinking about it in my head and in theory I know what to do but I can't put it into action!
I've started cantering about a month ago (about 4 lessons) and every lesson there is no progress at all...it keeps repeating itself:
I do a sitting trot for a very short distance&time (because we start cantering only from a corner to pick up a correct lead) and I barely have time to feel it, I start cantering , the horse canters about a half round and my legs get out of control (sometimes I even loose my stirrups so I get out of balance when he goes back to trot) and we are back to trot...
It's the same thing every time...I've never completed a full round of canter in the arena because my legs are out of control...
I know WHAT I need to do (to keep the legs still and heels down) but it's really really hard to do that when i'm actually ON the horse!
I though that maybe I need to prepare my position when i'm still sitting the trot and it will help me get a better canter and balance, but as I said I barely have time to feel the sitting trot that is before the canter! I tired things like to do a half-halt before I start a sitting trot and later canter, so the horses trot will be balanced coz I thought that maybe if I have a nice balanced sitting trot it will lead to a nice balanced canter but it didn't help :(
I'm getting desperate here...anybody got any tips how can improve my canter?
I know the best thing to do is practice and let myself get used to it but i'm getting frustrated every single lesson because I suck so much!!
Maybe there is some way to practice cantering when i'm not even on the horse?I heard people use exercise balls and stuff like that...
Hope somebody can help!!