So, I've had my Standie for almost 3 years now and I have NEVER been able to stifle a canter or a gallop out of him at all, until Saturday. He doesn't pace anymore, but he sure can trot fast! Like, super fast.. He'll only gallop once he reaches the speed where he physically can't trot anymore, and that limit is the speed they use when racing.
On Saturday, me and two other friends went on this 5 hour ride up the road and decided to go into a trail. It was just a big loop around trail that was probably 2 meters wide and it was all gravel (good footing for horses), and I started trotting. He heard the other horses coming up behind him and broke out into a full-blown gallop and it was actually enjoyable!
I was wondering if anyone has any tips on how to engage my horse's canter or gallop without having to speed trot first?