Rather than teaching the canter on the lunge Or in an arena - most arenas here in the UK are a lot smaller than over there, I would take th rider out on a trail ride and if they were nervous of cantering, have them on a lead rein and find a nice hill and canter up it. Much easier for the rider.
Have been thinking about the up-the-hill suggestions...for some reason, I'm attracted to that idea, I think I could do that.
The school horse I've mentioned is very good with beginner/unexperienced riders...in a round pen. Anything bigger & the TB in her goes into go-go-go mode (she's TB/quarter horse & a much different horse for an experienced rider. My instructor has said that, basically, she might always be too much horse for me, but that she's a wonderful learning-canter horse for greenies).
I was thinking, by the time I'm able to get out to my instructor's place again, there might be another lesson horse available (she gets new ones occasionally, from boarders who want & like their horses to be used for lessons) that can be taken elsewhere than the round pen. There's a large outside arena, but out in the pasture is an area with a good incline...hmmm...
Thanks again for all of the input, much appreciated. I've been here & love it
, but would like to get to the canter, so that I can ride it.
i told my instructor, at the outset, it's not so much that I have a driving desire to canter, but more that if a "something" happens (i.e, spook) & I'm suddenly in fast motion, that I have the seat/wits/wherewithal to sit the event & keep my fanny in the saddle.
Btw, my instructor did tell me, w/that aforementioned 2nd canter, that even 'tho I'd suddenly kicked into fear-mode, that SHE didn't stop the horse, that i did, & did it right...automatically, by sitting down/breathing out/saying whoa-easy/lifting the reins w/out one yank.
That made me feel good, that body memory from previous lessons had kicked in
I have always tended to disparage my own progress, but that's the self-confidence issue (another to-be-worked-on thing for the winter).