Originally Posted by Parisexxx
but how will he know, when i am in walk, that i am asking him to canter not trot.
Can you ask for a specific lead in canter ? e.g. if you trot down the centre line (so no "hints" from the fence), can you ask for right lead and GET right lead ?
Basically you need to be clear with your aids. I would work on the "building blocks" first. e.g. can you get a nice crisp walk-trot, and trot-canter ? Ok, now do walk-trot-canter, and aim for a specific number of trot strides.
e.g. you might start with 10 trot strides, then shorten to 6, 4 and so on.
Now you should be doing walk-trot-canter quite sharply, so just "think" canter from the walk and miss the trot
In the downward transition you can do something similar. Basically instead of asking "down to trot" you are saying "down to trot, down to walk" very quickly !
So start by saying it slowly. Do canter-trot, trot (say) 10 strides and then trot-walk. Now do it in less trot strides ... you'll get the feeling.
It sounds silly, but it can also help to think of doing the pace yourself. This works because in each pace your hips have to mirror the horse's movement - which is the same kind of motion as if you were trotting or cantering yourself.
So - if you were "trotting", your hips would alternate back and forwards. In canter one hip would "lead". You'll find that this helps "cue" the horse as to what you are after