Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
Not to be a bubble buster, BUT there are some things you should be aware of that no one has even mentioned.
This horse's conformation is prone to pace. If you have a good running walk, be a very good idea to keep it. The more you work him for the canter the more he will tend to pace and canter and NOT want to do the running walk.
Couple of things preventing him from wanting to do a consistent canter. One, look at the angle of his front feet, WAY, WAY to low. That alone will make it difficult to maintain a consistent canter. That is fixable with some heal growth and a farrier. TWO, is not fixable. He is a down hill horse, ie, his rear is higher than his front. This makes him front end heavy and makes getting those legs up for the canter very difficult.
If he has a good slow running walk, I'd consider your self lucky and keep it, and forget the canter. The smooth cantering TWH are almost always up hill horses. Up hill horses are more athletic and able to give you the light front end canter.