Thanks for responses.
I am not a total beginner, but with him I feel like it. Just a few months ago I was riding a warmblood and never had any of these issues.
1) If I was not keen on doing dressage, I would quit trying to sit his canter - just keep doing it in half seat. But even with him I want to try dressage.
2) I think my hands were also so bad, as I started to try to sit more back (I always have this problem due to my back) and therefore some things went out of wack..
3) He was not clamping against anything btw...
4) Explain TOES UP please? I have always been taught heels down. Here toes went down, because this horse needs a serious drive to stay in canter.. he will raise it easy, but he just does not want to canter.. so my legs went into his sides..
5) I do not clamp with my knee.. it was more my calves pushing into his sides, to keep the forward canter (he has a massive issue with canter). I used to clamp with my knees in a jumping saddle, and then my trainer changed me..
6)we do have a universal saddle, but I cannot sit in that one at all...
7) oh ye, I was told to stick my nose up, but as I was having difficulty with him and canter, I ended up looking lower down again, trying to make a corridor for him with my legs and hands, when also trying to sit, and then push him forwards.. in half seat that is SO much easier
8 ) before you call this horse hollow backed and whatnot, did you watch the trot? He is going forwards, he is slightly downhill built, he has had mysterious past, and even in the video you can see that his bum was working as there is foam between his legs..
I thank you for all the critique and welcome more :)
Of course I will keep working harder on all of those things.. :P