Today is my 6th ride with Lily, I rode her twice at Simrat's and this is our 4th ride here at Synergy Stables. I would have liked to have ridden her more, but I got a little discouraged by the sliding saddle and the time it takes. I have since solved that problem, so no such worries.
Keep in mind as I write this I have spent less than 5% of my time riding on a walk/trot/canter horse and probably less than .05% of my time cantering. Paso Finos can be very funny when they canter and mine are no exception. So cantering has always been perplexing, especially when I can't get the horse to canter. Oh me, oh my.
One of the things I liked about Lily is that she cantered and there wasn't some magic button, but she is out of shape and it was by no means perfect. HOWEVER, today we worked on a square stop and taking off from the hind end. We got very nice halt to walk and halt to trot. So then I worked on walk to canter and wouldn't you know it, we got TWO great departures from the walk.
I am thrilled that not only can she do it, but I could actually get it out of her!