Lilly was tired! We must have done too much work yesterday, or I shouldn't have ridden her today, because while she was trying really hard, she just couldn't hold it together for very long. Yesterday we were doing 1 3/4 or 2 laps around the arena before she started falling apart and today we were lucky if we make it 3/4 of the way around. Even trotting she seemed to be having a difficult time.
So instead of working on the canter itself, I worked on transitions. There were a few times she rushed, but after a few 'stop, back, trot' exercises, she started to wait for the cue. Sometimes I swear she reads my mind, but I must be doing something with my body even though I'm not consciously doing anything. I don't know how else she can know what we're doing next! Today when we were coming around the corner at a trot, I thought to myself, "once we get to that pole, I'm going to prep her for the canter" and she cantered! It could be something as simple as taking a breath, but it's creepy sometimes!
We also worked on bridled bridle-less riding. I pretend she's not wearing a bridle (even though she is) and steer her around the arena with nothing but my legs and my body. She's getting really good. Today I was able to steer her all over the arena, stop her, and back her. We still can't do turns or side pass, or do it at anything but a walk, but we're working on it! :)
She was SOOO good today... she was really relaxed and hardly chomped on her bit at all.