Help building confidence in the canter
I used to ride a very stuborn ex-race horse. He never wanted to canter, and when he did it was only for a few strides until he went back into the trot. This combined with my trainer screaming at me, left me with a sort of anxiety or panic attack when I cantered. I had to quit riding for money reasons and now, two years later I have the opportunity to "lease" these horses from a woman who cannot ride them for absolutely free. The horse I'll be riding now is also an ex-racer but he is anything but lazy/stubborn--he wants to go! I know I can canter, I know how to canter, but I cant break away from that panicky feeling. It really frusterates me. Any tips on gaining confidence?