I agree with previous statements about the rate.
However, eventually the horse should learn to collect and slow his canter versus breaking gait.
Try doing some all-rights and all-left patterns. If you don't know what that is, all-rights would be going to the first barrel, loping the circle, going to the third loping a circle, then coming back to the second barrel and loping a circle before going back to the first. Same thing with all-lefts only you start on the left barrel on the left lead.
My guess is that since the horse probably hasn't been being patterned long, they aren't ready to be turning small circles yet. Try doing begger circles instead. Start at twenty five feet. Then twenty. Then fifteen. Then ten. Then eventually your 3-4 foot pocket.
Be sure you're helping him too by using your legs to keep his inside hock under him and using a little combo of outside and inside rein to not only guide him around the turn but to pick up his inside shoulder and keep him from dropping it.
Also, make sure you are ready to be loping the pattern. It takes months and months of serious training to get a nice pattern loped, and THEN you add the speed.
Keeping the hors eon his hindquarters is also important. If you have started on cutting, then you should learn rollbacks (Like mls said) and that will also help you with your turns.
Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
Last edited by SorrelHorse; 08-23-2011 at 06:09 PM.