So I've been floating between horses Jan-April...
Here is a canter with a horse i find easier to sit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaZ5a7aqLJY
Here is the lesson horse at my new barn. I am about to start leasing at my new barn on a privately owned horse - but I find this lesson horse much more challenging to sit (bigger, athletic, got a good bounce to him) so I eventually want to come back and try again on him... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgP0k8ZwJko
I think i need to flatten my back, shoulders back/chest open.. and I need to disconnect the hip movement from the top of my body more (I think?).
One issue I wanted to confirm w/ you guys (although feel free to comment on anything) - is that (Re 2nd vid/ new Lesson horse) - i have contact, but because he's cantering with his neck extended - i have a tight reign with my arms completely extended at points. So if I put my shoulders back or lean back any - i pull on him and he stops. OR he pulls me forward, my shoulders go forward with it.... (better core!! ugh). and he lazy boy that he is, any pull back of the reigns and he's ready to break gait. he IS supposed to stop when i pull back, so he's being a good horse.. but i just have to show my intent w/ my legs more (and get him to listen to that - it's a part me being stronger and a part him not trying to get away with something and ignoring me).
I think some of the answer is to collect him more - drive him forward w/ my legs and pull him in (which I think the goal of collection would be to do that by giving him more of a slight bend to the inside?). of course i hear that collection also has to do with your seat and while I'm bouncing and finding a better seat on him - it may be hard to get him to do.
he IS a lazy horse - so he will try and use any pull back on the reins as an excuse to stop, so i really need to keep my leg strong. (and strong legs on this horse is much harder than smaller, less lazy horses).
Anyway... I will be starting a 6 month lease on a privately owned horse whose a good "in between" of these two horses I've showed you - but I told my barn i want to get back on this lesson guy after I've had some time and show myself I can do this better. :) I want to be able to sit all sorts of horses in all their gaits.. so I'm only as good as the horse i do the worst on. :)
p.s. instructor in 2nd vid was just happy in because this is his bad side and he didn't want to pick up the right lead... so we were working on THAT as well. yay multi-tasking... :))