I seem to have a pretty solid understanding of how to "push" my horse up into the bit. He's really quite nice when he frames up. However, here's my issue. Walk and trot are one thing but the canter, although nice and fluid, takes a TON of leg strength to keep him pushed up into the bit and collected under me. I can canter around the arena a few times, do a few clean collected lead changes, and then my legs start to feel like jello! I want him to feel confident with me, and for me to not be so weak that I drop him. But my legs are useless after a few times around. Hahaha!
Okay... so work with no stirrups, right?? But if I do that then my legs are shot within a few mins into the ride and I need to keep him fit for the fast approaching show season. Any advice... some good work out tips? Hack ideas?