I rode as a preteen and teen and now in my early 30s I've started back up again since my children started lessons. I originally learned to ride in England and now am located in southern Italy. My instructor from the get go has me do some sitting canter and then standing in canter. I don't remember ever learning to canter this way when I was younger. I remember obviously jumping position for jumps, but I don't remember just riding the canter this way. What's the purpose? To work on balance and strength or is it to prepare for something?