Hi everyone, it's been a little while since I have been on here but now I am back and come with a question The horse I ride, Belle (the girl in my avatar,) has started anticipating the canter. She'll be fine when I first get on her when we walk around the ring to start, and then be fine for the first trot. However, as soon as I slow her to a walk after the first trot she thinks it's time canter, and she'll start trotting without me asking her. If I try to ask her just to trot again while she is like this she'll jump into the canter.
She is really good with the voice command "Whoa" and will usually slow to a walk again after I say it, but after just a few more steps she'll be trying to trot again. She has only starting doing this a few weeks ago, so I want to try and stop this before it turns into long running habit. Last summer I had to work so hard to get her to canter, so this is a total turn around. I would love any tips on how I can stop this!
Note: I don't own Belle, and I can usually only ride her once a week. Unfortunately I don't have a instructor, but I do have one I can ask about this issue (and I have) but I would love input from here as well.