Canter transitions and high heels.
Hi everyone! Spring's finally here and everyone at my stable is getting ready for schooling shows that we host. Our instructor is putting us to serious work, including lots and LOTS of cantering. I'm getting quite comfortable in the gait, and can ask for the transition and sit it pretty well. There are two major problems I see: Awful, awful transitions from trot to canter, and stirrups sliding up to my boot heels.
My instructor said that my heels are up so the stirrups flop around. That's one thing I'm trying to work on, and I hope will come as my legs get stronger so I don't depend on heels to jab them forward.
Then, the transitions. Rio is the only horse I have problems with, because he runs through the contact, and gets a super extended and bumpy trot. I lose balance, and contact, then have to start all over. What are your tips for getting a consistent, even canter right away?
Any help would be appreciated! Things to make my balance, contact, pressure etc. would help. I'm dying to show this summer, and have a goal to do the low jumpers in the fall. Thanks everyone!