I love cantering (well, used to), once I'm in the canter and IF my seat is secure and I'm confidence, I really enjoy the feeling.
However, I think I psyched myself out every time my trainer ask for a canter. Sometimes the horse (lesson horse) will trot faster, and hot ****, that is scary. Then my trainer will scream, make him canter, he should do it right away when you ask. Then all of a sudden the horse thrust into the canter caught me by surprised. The whole thing just scares the bejesus out of me.
I cantered for the first time in 13 years and its the same feeling over again. The first time, my whole butt was out of the saddle, I don't know what I did. The second time was much better but I leaned way back.... Fail.
This is the way I ask for a canter. Ask the horse to trot, then I will sit the trot for a few strides, once gets to the corner, I move my outside leg behind girth, and gentle squeeze. Well, usually no response from lesson horses, trainer yells at me, then I have to kick with my outside leg. Then out of nowhere the horse will "fall" into the canter... Takes a few seconds before I felt safe...
Are these dumb beginners issue?