Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: southern Arizona
What I've started doing with my gelding is follow this rule: If he initiates the canter, we canter until he wants to slow. And then we canter another 100-200 yards, for MY fun.
Based on a couple of weeks, he seems a lot less inclined to initiate a canter without being asked...
I tried reining him in to keep him slow, but that just resulted in his head going WAY up and getting more excited. My goal now is to keep cantering fun, but not so much fun that he starts it without permission.
If he goes to a very fast, choppy trot, then I push him up to a canter, and keep him there until it isn't much fun. It seems to be working, but I'll know better in a month.