Why does my horse put his head down when I canter him.What do I do with my outside leg when turning

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My horse puts his head down when he is in canter. Then he becomes difficult to turn. I don't know what I do to cause this and yes I think it's caused by me because when others ride him he doesn't do this. I try to sit back on my bum, open my thighs so Im not blocking his forward. I try to keep contact with the outside rein. I look to his outside ear so I'm not unwittingly turning him to the inside when trying to go straight. To turn I keep my inside leg at the girth but what do I do with my outside leg?? I try to keep my pelvis going with him so I'm not blocking. Can anyone else tell me what to do or not to do. Feeling frustrated. I just want to canter in a circle. Thank you.
 

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The fact the puts his head down when you ride him but not others suggests to me that you are not using enough leg or too much hand so he is falling on his forehand or trying to escape the contact. What does your instructor say??
 

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The fact the puts his head down when you ride him but not others suggests to me that you are not using enough leg or too much hand so he is falling on his forehand or trying to escape the contact. What does your instructor say??
Thank you for your answer. I'm thinking that I'm not following the natural movement of his neck and head with my hands and elbows.
So instead I'm bashing him in the mouth and he's trying to escape from me. I'm going to ride today with that in mind and see if I can improve on what I'm doing. My instructor says she thinks it's me or she doesn't know but when she rode him last week he didn't do it.
 
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