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What are your tips to make your horse more light when cantering ?

What are your tips to make your horse more light when cantering ?
I do a lot of transitions within the gate like bringing him back and getting him to go forward and by moving my horses body around. I'll ask him to bring his haunches in on a circle to make him step more underneath himself and he will usually lighten up
I have found that getting a horse to relax has a great effect on the smoothness of its movements. Working towards relaxed movement usually begins at the walk. Most riders pay little attention to how a horse moves when walking, because the walk is slow and smooth enough that how it is done seems unimportant. But how a horse moves when walking can greatly influence how it moves later at a trot and canter :)
Your horse probably just needs a lot more conditioning work, so you should work on bending and straightness