I am poking fun, of course. His departures have improved tremendously as has the overall quality of his canter work. Even so, that's what we worked on with JL during my Monday lesson.
Speedy is a bit of a lazy sort which means he is happy to school around on his forehand and camp his hind end back in yesterday. A lazy rear end does not make for a nice canter departure. JL's technique for getting his butt in gear is to essentially stop the front end from moving (if needs be) to allow the hind end to catch up.
I know I am maintaining a very solid contact when I find myself leaning back in the transition. This means my seat is pushing him forward, and I am following the up and over movement as his hind legs push up and lift into the canter. When I DON'T throw away the contact, he doesn't fall forward into the canter but lifts UP and over instead. Glorious!
I love you, Speedy G, but I'll love you more when you're moving!