What I'm curious to know is how you know what is too much for your horse?
My horse is a draft cross - 3 years old and approximately 15.1 at the withers and 15.2+ at the butt. I've slowly worked her into the idea of being under saddle and being ridden. What I do now is ride her mostly at a walk and trot her for about 10 minutes or so. I do large circles, figure 8s, etc. She catches on incredibly easy and is very responsive to my aids. She is going to be 4 in August. Of course, I want to get her to have a really nice trot before progressing into trying to canter, but does anyone know a good time to get a horse to canter under saddle? Is there any time that is considered too soon? I'm just afraid of ruining her. I always think I'm too heavy for her (I'm paranoid haha) even though everyone says I'm not.
What are some ideas you guys have to improve the trot/impulsion? What are some recommendations as to what to do for training her? She's very level headed and calm. I can move around a lot on her and she doesn't care. I just love how laid back she is but at times I want her to have some 'umph' in her step