On Thursday I went for a Free ride and X was really energetic so after a little lungeing, I rode him and he listened to me beautifully when I asked for the canter. I was able to push him and do a strong, fast canter (felt like we were flying by everything)... although in the very end I got a little overwhelmed with the speed and stopped him because I felt I was loosing some control. Pity I don't have that ride on video. (For those that don't know my case, I couldn't keep him cantering for more than a few strides before)
Today I had a lesson and I cantered him again. Was really happy with the outcome because I wanted a more relaxed and controlled canter than Thursday's. It almost looks like he's asleep though! He likes to stop in corners and at a few times he goes back to a trot but I manage to bring him back. (hooray!) Except in the end because my trainer told me to just keep trotting him.
Anyhow, I was trying to keep him at a slow, collected canter, but I see now on the video that it was more slow than collected. The whole time I was pushing with my legs and *trying* to recycle his energy to collect him and stop him from speeding. Didn't really work all that much I see. Any tips? Do I need to make him go faster to be more collected?
cantering X on a chilly day - YouTube