Originally Posted by Barry Godden
When I ask for the canter on Buzz I sit trot and he just knows I am going to ask to canter. Today it was really obvious he knew I was going to ask I sat trot then was about to ask then he just went into a canter.
I'm not to sure if it's a good thing but it's definitely a lot better then me kicking and using the whip then sometimes not even getting a result.
Young Buzz is not reading your mind, he is reading your body language.
You have reached a spot where it looks appropriate for you to canter and Buzz knows because he has been there before and he is expecting it. Then you stop rising and you sit to the trot, you probably flex the under thigh muscles, you brace the stomach muscles, you sit just that little more upright and you telegraph to the sensitive creature between your legs what you are about to ask him to canter - so being the obedient little horse he is, he does it, just to please. You have just had a lesson in non verbal communication.
Now if you are going to be a dressage enthusiast then this would not be a good response by the horse - those dressage riders seek instant obedience but only on cue.
However if you are going to be a happy hacker or trail rider, then this horse Buzz seems like the right sort to teach you. You'll be writing next that when you look right he turns right. Or that you think 'whoa' and he stops.
Schoolmaster horses don't necessarily hear what you ask them to do, they feel what they think you are asking them to do. That's their job. Sounds to me that with a few more lessons you might be able to leave that whip behind.
I love reading all of your posts, the first thing I thought when I read this thread was 'hes anticipating!' and next I thought 'thats badbadbadbad!' but I read your post and it gave me a totally different look on it, I agree with you 110%