Originally Posted by free_sprtd
Continue what you're doing and remember to watch that shoulder. Mine keeps dropping his shoulder and leaning showing me he isn't fully balanced. Keep bumping their nose in and pick up the shoulder if need be. Once they learn to carry themselves at the slower gaits, they will learn to carry that over into the faster gait when asked. Good luck and hope that helped.
Thank you so much, this is exactly what I was looking for and what I see. I've been up to the barn almost everyday working on this. I know I need a proper video camera, and then I need someone to hold it for me! I often wish I could've been disciplined enough to create a montage of all of our progress, from halter-breaking up to first mount. It would be a documentation of one of my biggest achievements! Im about to look online at some videos of an established balanced canter and then compare it too Frida's. Thanks again.
P.S Spyder - my instructor is a STICKLER for proper lungeing, so no worries there. My horse is a greenie, so I've learned my body language and use of aids has GOT to be clear and concise, she doesn't let me be sloppy, or get away with anything in that area. I have good form when lungeing, but it came with alot of frustration and time, plus some pretty rough critiques from my instructor. I'm sure you remember how it is, they come up one or two days a week, the lessons go great, and then you are left to your own devices the other 5-6 days. Thanks.