Now, he is Western, but he also drives, so he understands direct rein also.
The way we get to his gait at a trot is when he wants to go and I say no. He offers it up as a compromise. He is not allowed to pull on me (I have a broken back) so his neck comes up he tucks his head and speeds up. I can keep him it in longer if I click at him to encourage him faster and occasionally tap him with my heals (which for him is a MAJOR correction). But he sweats up fast doing this. However, he is not going very fast, more like a decent trot in speed (not as fast as his working or extended trot).
Now, at the canter he has only done this at BAD times. He thought he saw a bear (it was a cow) and did this wonderfully smooth gait I had never ridden before all the way home. His neck was up, his head tucked to his chest (I wanted a slower speed) it was four beat and we made it three miles home in about 20 minutes.
He really is a good boy... he just has his days... sigh. HE is a Dork Fish.