Originally Posted by BreakableRider
Reading everything, it seems that now she is very worried about the horse she is riding bolting.
I did bring that up in the first response but it seems that she's now riding a docile pony who is unlikely to canter without a lot of pushing, and is unlikely to continue if the rider isn't actually riding.
Originally Posted by ecasey
My daughter told me that when she leans back, she feels like she's going to fall off, and that's the position the instructor tells her to take.
I re-read much of the thread and keep coming full circle to this. As I posted a few times in responses, this isn't a method I've ever heard or or seen. Perhaps it's just not "working" for your daughter because it's not a position she's comfortable taking.
At our current lesson barn I've seen countless new riders transition to the canter (on VERY pokey horses where the canter is no faster than the trot) within a handful of lessons. I've seen some very confident new riders do it within 2-5 lessons, and most others have done it by 10 lessons.
Have you considered trying a different coach with different tactics, and if it's a group lesson environment, opt for some private lessons instead - perhaps embarrassment about how others will laugh if she fails has a lot to do with it as well.
The first thing I'd do is ditch the "lean way back" position if that what's she's explaining is her biggest fear. All our coaches focus on not leaning FORWARD or not hunching shoulders forward (basically, maintain a nice upright
position), but leaning back to the point where the rider would feel like they're unbalanced in the opposite way just seems counterintuitive to me.