, say trotting and he decides he wants to lope without additional cues from me, will the same concept work for that as well? Shut him down fast and then try again? .
Don't lope him for a while. If you have unlimited roads just get out, walk some, not too much and trot. A nice easy trot mile after mile.
I teach the word WALK. If we are trotting I say the word WALK and he instantly drops to a walk, if not I would pull him up sharply and repeat WALK. They catch on quickly to this command.
I use it every time I drop from the lope or trot to a walk, no reins, just verbal.
Agian I would not lope the horse, I would spend time walking and trotting, establiishing a nice trot on loose rein. If the hores speeds up the trot and you want a slower trot I use the word EASY and guide with a gentle pull from the fast trot to a more relaxed easy going trot while saying EASY.
The full bute pull is only ONLY when he bolts, not to slow his trot down, that is an easier pull, the word EASY at the same time.
I will spend months teaching the horse to move at a nice working trot, NEVER allowing him to break into a canter.
So get a curb and I prefer the jointed mouth piece, a curb chain and go from there. Try to keep no NO contact but correct quickly if the horse takes off, pull gentley to pull the trot down to a more reason trot and harshly if he suddenly bolts and firm NO.
Leave the canter out of it until you master the trot.
Long miles of trotting will take the energy out of him , releave the boredom of the walk and prevent hemmeroids.
Learn to trot before you run. He said to me.... Why are married women heavier than single women? I said to him . . . Single women come home, see what's in the fridge and go to bed. Married women come home, see what's in bed and go to the fridge