Originally Posted by Kayty
Can you canter other horses? Maybe try and organise to ride a lesson horse or a quiet friend's horse to have a canter on to get your confidence up in the gait to start with.
It may also help you if a friend or instructor can get on and canter your horse a few times so you can see nothing is going to happen. Have your instructor put your horse on the lunge, and lunge you in canter so that they have some control over the horse - then you can concentrate on your own riding and confidence rather than having to steer as well.
I wish I could canter another horse but the only other 2 rideable horses at the barn are a horse like ,Shaggy, named Teddy and he's got the same problem as Shaggy and the other horse a mare named Windy is a saddle seat horse and noraodic(dont know if that's spelled right lol) so no way would I canter her. The horse I learned on is a cancer riden older horse named Pozi he's retired now no rides him any more