Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Flower Mound, TX
I used to have the exact same problem, Starship wants to trot when we're walking, canter when trotting and gallop when cantering. He's 12 and only retired a little over a year and a half ago.
We have our first show coming up in 2 weeks and it really had me worried, he has this awful half canter that looks like he's lame, but it's more a trot with front legs cantering, really weird.
I found that the way to slow him down is to stop fighting for control and let everything relax. Let go of the pressure on the reins and relax all my muscles, it really works.
The more I used to fight him, the faster he went and the more frustrated we both got. Now when I relax, he relaxes. He even gives to the bit and drops his head in the free walk as long as I am calm. Sometimes I forget and start pulling for control and every time I get the exact same result; a heavy pulling horse. Then I have to get back to a walk and start over, because I will never win when it comes to a pulling contest.