Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: I'm an American girl living in Southern France
My trainer works her way up to the canter when she feels the rider is ready. In my case that took 3 months of lessons 2x per week. Falling from a cantor can have traumatic effects, making a rider not want to get up on a horse again or not wanting to ever move beyond a trot. This happened to my daughter during a ride on an unknown horse at another stable, and she still won't canter after 6 months.
For ^^ that reason, I think a trainer waiting until she's sure the rider is completely balanced is a very good idea. Every rider has a different schedule. Some people find their seat faster than others. It doesn't mean anything in the end, so don't worry about that.
Also, my trainer says that the natural progression in learning is advancement, plateau, decrease in skills, advancement to a higher spot, new higher plateau, and then again, decrease in skills. She says it has never been in her 20+ years of teaching that a person just goes up and up and up with their skills without ever taking some steps backwards.
So I would say based on what you've shared that (1) your trainer was being honest; (2) she's being safe and smart about your progression; (3) you're experiencing the same thing other riders do in their lessons.
I wouldn't worry. Just go to your next lesson ready to learn and have fun. It's not a race to get to a certain point in your training. What you need to focus on is having fun, being smart (safe), and building your skills with a solid foundation so you are less likely to have a bad experience when you try something new.
“When I bestride him, I soar, I am a hawk: he trots the air; the earth sings when he touches it; the basest horn of his hoof is more musical than the pipe of Hermes. ” ~ William Shakespeare