Sydney's right lead canter is firming up! I am finally feeling how to support him. He needs a lot of outside rein with a firmly lifted inside rein with weight in my outside stirrup and steady thumping with my inside leg. We got a great right lead canter on Saturday. To the left? I can't believe there was ever any difficulty. He is nicely uphill and balanced, and is it ever fun to ride!
Woo hoo for Speedy G! You should see the pop in his walk-to-canter transitions. They're getting sharper each day. The second part of that exercise is to lengthen and shorten and even that is coming along nicely. I was struggling to the left as Speedy just got more and more downhill. On Saturday, I finally got solid in my core and said, Get UP here! I used a ton of leg and engaged the heck out of my core. As he tried to drop down in front, I sat back, added leg, and in timing with his stride, rocked the outside rein back and up and successfully helped him rebalance himself. I actually felt him lift and sit. It was amazing!
See? Short and sweet! Lesson tonight - I can't wait!