Yay! Thanks...I'm really hoping something someone here mentioned will work!
AND, IF anything CLOSE TO what I suggested helps, then we'll know at some point he received training similar to that which my trainer's dressage/H/J's receive.
If not, then the next plan could be to ask some of the folks who start racehorses (AND there are lots of them here on HF)!!
With him being an OTTB, I probably should have suggested starting there (DOH!) and asking them how, during early training, they initially cue the racehorse to pick up the canter. I know they don't start them out as youngsters galloping, so the canter would, I'd IMAGINE, be an important gait in their training to run on a track.
I also would bet picking up the correct lead is very important when taking turns on a track early in their conditioning?
(These are ALL SIMPLY COMPLETE GUESSES, AS I AM UTTERLY--sadly--IGNORANT AS TO RACEHORSE TRAINING! Please don't flame me for getting this way wrong guys...I am just completely uneducated re: this area.) ;0)
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