Originally Posted by wild_spot
Huh? I don't remember saying any of this...
I actually don't think the horse has aproblem with forward - She mentioned that walk/trot and trot/canter transitions are fine - It is just maintaining the canter which is a problem. My horse had this exact problem - He was too heavy to canter comfortably - When he lost the weight the mental block remained. By using a system of escalating pressure (which is the same as you described, except I did use my leg) and not taking the leg off is he objected, he is now light as a feather.
I don't agree with taking leg out all together - It is one of our main communication tools. If she won't accept leg contact while cantering, it will be very hard to teach lateral direction, flying changes, etc further down the line. Leg is something that horses NEED to know - Again it is a basis to communication. Once she is accepting the leg, THEN I would work on refining my cue back to seat - But I wouldn't cut out an important step.
I agree, I would never take out complete leg. It IS our main way of communicating with our horse(s). We can use it for speed, turns, ect. Leg pressure makes everything easier.
Have you gotten your saddle professionally checked, could Cricket be sore? Just an idea, has she been spooked there, I know Benson got spooked at one part of the arena and it took us ages to get him to comfortably canter there again. Hope this helps and I really hope you can sort out whats going on.