I'm thinking we shouldn't bother cantering her under saddle if she isn't strong/balanced enough to do the exercises with some ease. Any small soreness she gets from working her weak side shows up in canter in the form of the wrong lead behind when going a certain direction. Soreness just comes and goes along her back as she works, I have anti-inflammatory supplements for her and a chiropractor to keep her sorted. The episodes of soreness have become fewer and milder, no worries there.
My question really is, what is there to lose if I stop cantering for at least a month? I can only think of pros right now, anybody have some input? The main purpose of her training is to compensate for her conformation and keep her healthy, the secondary being to compete in and enjoy Novice Eventing. She certainly has no problem with her hand gallop or ground-covering strides for the XC phase, it's the organized, more controlled canter for the SJ and Dr ring that she isn't good with at this point. I wouldn't touch her XC work for a while... we really need to work on the other two. Would withholding canter and gallop that long be detrimental to the quality of those gaits? (I wouldn't think so, just wanting outside opinion.)
*** For those of you following my sprain, this is me wondering what to tell her temporary rider to do. Last check on my sprain, the ligament did not tear but was stretched, though I climbed stairs for the first time today and started having a twisting feeling/motion. Probably need to go back again.