Smooth transitions into the canter
My mare has a habit of 'exploding' into the canter when I cue for it. I have tried different ways of asking for it: using my leg, 'kissing' and simply just saying 'canter'. I have tried asking for a haunches in before transitioning into the canter - but all that does is encourage her to pick up the proper lead.
Because I anticipate her to 'explode' into the canter, I immediately get tense just before I ask for it. I know this is a huge part of the issue.
She is a rather sensitive horse, that I have finally worked her through accepting leg pressure without 'running away'. She now distinguishes 'move forward' leg pressure and 'move laterally' leg pressure.
Any tips on transitioning into the canter and slowing a speedy canter?