Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
In addition to what has been said, it's good to attack your issues on all angles.
I get my instructors input, I watch videos, I read books, I get live feedback here-- all on the same issues. You would never guess how many times I have been riding and repeating in my head what TX Horseman or Tiny has said on this forum, or when I'm doing something non-horse related and can hear my trainers voice in my ear coaching me through it! So, absorb as much as you can from as many (credible) sources that you can!
I think at first, everyone feels bouncy/unbalanced the first time you canter. I remember the first time I did, it felt like that first moment when you're on an airplane and it lifts off of the runway and your stomach drops a little. But knowing what your body is doing, your horses body, what lead they are on, where your legs are, etc will help relax your seat and make cantering enjoyable.
The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire. ~Sharon Ralls Lemon