When I met with Chemaine on Friday, I described it like this: Speedy is either stalling out behind, or he's running off on his forehand with his nose in the air - sometimes both at the same time!
We started the lesson by getting him more responsive to my leg. Once Speedy was thoroughly in front of my leg, we had to work on getting him to accept the contact while he pushes from behind. The transition from medium canter to collected canter is where we have the most trouble because he doesn't want to sit.
Instead of counting, Chemaine modified the exercise to just getting him to come back slightly while I insisted on keeping his head out of the sky as I drove him forward into the contact with my seat and legs. Like this:
When I ask for the collected canter, Speedy doesn't want to keep pushing from the hind end - he wants to slam on the brakes which means I have to use a TON of leg to keep him going forward. I can't squeeze hard enough, and he now ignores my spurs, so it's more whip work for him. Do you see how this is all related to being behind my leg?
In the meantime, I still have my good natured pony who is happy to pack me around bareback in a halter as long as I don't ask him to do it very quickly!