I though he would grow out of this awkward thing that he does but it looks like I will need to help him a bit and I think I'm at the end of my experience at this.
Symptoms: very reluctant to canter under saddle, downward transitions like train wrecks, you never know what lead he will pick up if he chooses to canter regardless of what you do to cue him, he will not use his butt at all to go or stop
Things I'm trying: rollbacks and more rollbacks-going better in the round pen than under saddle, lots of halts without going to a walk first (its like using the only front brakes on a bicycle)
If anyone has suggestions to help him find his balance I would be game to try anything at this point. I wish I could just tell him "hey buddy, use your butt and you would be more comfortable". He tries hard, he's just not getting this part.
Thanks in advance!