I'm not a teenager, and this isn't my first horse - but due to the bad last relationship with my coach, I'm just doubting everything I know now.
I have a young horse, turning 4 this spring, we broke him last summer as he was ready for some ground training and saddle sweat work. But then he had most of the winter off, just some trail riding. So for the last I would say 4 months, due to weather and daylight issues, he was only being ridden 2 times a week, and on the trail, as soon as we broke into canter, he'd buck my butt clear outa the saddle.
Now we are somewhere and starting him over again. Last summer he was at the point you could go from walk to canter, and 75% of the time getting the right lead.
So now that we are both sadly outa shape, and just starting back up, I'm finding he's running into his canter and landing on the wrong lead. If I go up the long side of the arena this is what happens. If I turn him in a circle at half the ring, then he still slightly runs into his canter by a step or two but gets the right lead about 90% of the time.
Now I know right now he is sadly outa shape, so we only tend to do a couple of laps in either direction at a canter, and then we go back to trot work. Now I'm thinking because he's so outa shape and so young, to hold him back and demand then he hit the canter immediately when asked is too much for him right now. That we need to allow for the running and maybe continue to ask for it with the smaller circle, so we are often on the right lead. Atleast until he's in better physical shape to hold the canter and be able to adjust.
At this point if I ask him to shorten his super long stride at the canter he can only hold it for a couple of steps and then breaks into a trot.
I'm thinking starting with the circle for now, is setting him up for success, and in a month or so, when he's in better condition we can then start asking for more challenging requests....
Input? And yes I am searching for a new coach - after being twice burnt both badly, leaves you a bit gun shy.
Thank you in advance for your help