Originally Posted by Saskia
For arena work I'd work on doing lots of transitions and circles. When I ask for a canter I'd ask it coming out of a corner, letting her go down the stretch and coming back to a trot or walk before the end, doing a few circles, then moving up to the canter again. Once she's used to the idea she's not going to be tearing around, and they'll be changes coming, she'll start coming back to you, and you'll start feeling better about it.
I definitely worked on this yesterday and it was very helpful.
The first time I cantered her was on the beach and really wanted to stretch out and go, which I was not ready for at all haha!
Yesterday my instructor put her and I on the lungeline and we worked on keeping my hands lower, pushing her forward and asking for canter with rein and seat aid. At first she didn't want to listen so my coach asked verbally and she was happy to do so. Then I started asking with my cues and she very nicely stepped into the canter.
I managed to ride her canter for a good 20 laps around the arena (not all at once, we had trot transitions and walk breaks inbetween) but my butt did not come out of the saddle like before!
Thank you for all the tips! The main issue was pinching at the knee and then bracing against the stirrups and pitching myself forward. Hopefully next time there is video to share (no one came out and I don't own a tripod)