So silly. Never thought I'd have this problem... but my saddlebred cross will not canter anymore! I'm almost positive it's a 'me' problem but I am unsure how to fix it.
Basically I have not had any problems with gettting him to canter in the past... (I've only had him for a few months though) but he's always been very heavy on the forehand and pretty unbalanced. It's hard to get him to work from his hind end and use his body correctly as he is SO out of shape and is exhausted after only a few minutes of canter work. Did I mention he's about 150 pounds overweight? .... yeah were working on that lol.
Anyways, so when I ask for canter he picks up this SUPER SUPER fast trot... it's extremely bouncy and uncomfortable and sometimes causes me to lose my balance... but even when I'm sitting it fine and pushing him forward he will NOT pick it up! I've spent so long trying ... it's so frustrating.
So anyways, after he picks up this super fast trot, I push him and push him and you'd think eventually he'd break into a canter... the thing is, he doesn't. He will do that rushy trot for like ever... It's almost a little bit of a mixed gait too- it's strange.
I've also tried getting him into a very forward balanced trot first and then asking... also doesn't work. I've tried getting him to canter from the walk, which surprisingly has worked the best... at least in the past when he did canter.
Anyways I'm ranting. Any ideas?? Could it be me that is getting in the way? Or is it a lacking in muscle thing? How do I get him to be more balanced...? How do I get him to work from his hind end more?
Any help or suggestions are appreciated.