I wrote a previous thread about the twh in question, but I am looking for some ideas to try and smooth his gaits out, and help him to keep in them easier. When he canters, he looks [and feels] very much like scooby doo running from a scary thing. The boy is very chaotic when going at anything other than a walk. He listens amazingly well to leg, but at the end of the arena where the other riders sometimes sit and chit chat, or get instruction, he always wants to run to his buddies and trying to get him to stop, turn or listen to leg is a hassle.
For example: our arena [it's outdoor] had water due to the rain. We were working on getting him to walk through them. Eventually he did so, and didn't seem much bothered any more. Well. We tried to weave, and as we weaved back down to the end, he would gain speed and at the last stansion to weave through, he'd side step out of the way [there is a shallow puddle next to it which adds to his behavior] and continue forth. If there was another rider workig on something else, and I tried to turn him out of the way, he'd still side step and get his rear dangerously close to the other horses. He is pretty low in the totum pole for our heard, so the only one who tolerates him is our mix, Shooter who stays directly in the pasture with him.
I want to work on trying to collect him, but I am wondering if due to his limp [old injury from before we got him, he is sound to ride] that it won't be possible. It makes him very uncomfortable to ride at anything more than a running walk/trot or a walk.
I plan on taking him out alone in the future so as to work on things safely, and maybe work on his slight buddy sourness.
Here is the thread I spoke of earlier.
Nervous Rescue TWH