Okay do not grip at all. Be so loose.. but control where your weight goes.
I wouldn't ask your horse for a lope from a stand still, he probably isn't ready for that yet as he rushes into trot then dives into canter.
Ask for canter on a circle, bending correctly, nice and supple, and don't tense up. Let the horse canter, support the horse as best as you can (the greener they are, the more you generally have to support) and you'll get a nice canter.
You should half halt on a greenie, or generally ANY horse, before you canter. It re-balances them, gets them ready, and helps soften them up further so THEY aren't bracing.
Believe me, I forgot to half halt once and my horse tripped on his face and then was sprung out once he got to his feet. It wasn't fair to him, nor wasn't the best experience for me.
Half halt, do NOT grip, be loose as a goose, RELAX, and slow him down. Prepare him for the canter.. don't shove him into it.
As for youuuu.. I agree with practicing two point at a walk and trot. Get those legs nice and stretched long and use them to your advantage!
It could be just him and his choppy gaits, or he could be unbalanced. Maybe take a break from cantering under saddle and work on some pole and hill work.
"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Last edited by Skyseternalangel; 02-17-2012 at 10:00 PM.