For the pass 4 weeks i,ve decided to take the plunge and take riding lessons as its something i,ve always wanted to do. i have been doing half hour private lessons The first lesson we did walk and trot which felt natural so we progressed to rising trot. The 2nd lesson i was amazed i picked up rising trot quickly and she said i had good balance etc that we could try canter on my 3rd lesson. She told me to hold onto the stable for extra stability till i felt exactly what it felt like, the minute the horse flung it head forward and cantered away - i thought i,m going to fall off, trying to keep my bum in the saddle i felt my feet slip right into the stirrups, it felt of thought my feet were way forward. The 4th lesson i decided to go for 45 mins we adding trotting over poles and then my done work on changing reins to finish of with some cantering again! The first was a disaster but as the night prgressed i relaxed a little and decided not to hold onto the saddle and use the reins - hehe that was a bad idea as brought reins to far up as i pulled on the wrong rein and the horse went shooting of to the middle of the school and i almost fell off. I,m enjoying myself and i think i,ve progressed more than i thought i would i still expected to be stuck on rising trot - my muscles have adapted well and after the 4 no longer ache. The one thing i have picked up is my feet are to far in the stirrups, i try to keep my heel down but by the end i,m back to the usual especially in canter i,m bouncing all over the place at times. I know its only my 4th lesson and 2nd with canter but is there anything i can do to prevent my feet from doing this. I,ve been told not to be soo nice to the horse and have practiced with the whip which shall require more practice as i know i,m soft and on 3rd lesson the horse knew it!! Any riding tips- how long do you think it will take to master cantering for a beginners perspective?