I'm working with a lovely little QH mare, who happens to be very green.
She had ten rides before I first hopped on her, and I've put five on since.
At the walk and jog (yes, she's very western and jogs nicely) she moves with a level topline (poll at withers), and always does everything slowly. She is very sensitive to seat cues, is getting more consistant with moving off of my leg and overall is nice to work with... at the walk and jog.
At the canter she bucks a bit, but mostly just really hunches her back (not in the good, collected way either
) sticks her nose between her knees and doesn't respond to seat or leg.
Her saddle fits (checked by a fitter) and she is being ridden in a loose ring french link snaffle.
My rides on her always include mostly walking and jogging, circles, upward and downward transitions, bending, then just a half round in the arena at a canter.
Should I continue to lightly canter her as I am doing, or shall I just work and walk/jog, and re-introduce the canter at a later date? It's just that she's so solid with walk/jog and seat cues so I'm unsure of how to proceed.
Thanks in advance.