Hey everyone, I have an 8 yr old QH that I just recently bought and I'm having one particular issue. Before I bought him, he was a western/trail horse that was always ridden with draw reins or a martingale. After buying him, I focused less on headset and more on getting him forward and reaching to contact, which he is starting to do nicely. There is a LOT of stiffness in the neck so I have been working on a lot of bending and stretching exercises, (circling in and out, serpentines, transitions) and he is really starting to losen up and relax. However, once I get him into the canter, everything seems to fly out the window. He braces and runs off with me, and if I use a leg cue to push him out, he thinks it means go faster. At the walk and trot he doesnt speed up but moves away from my leg, so I'm not really sure what to do. Then once I manage to bring him back to the trot, he gets into the "go go go" mindset and will try to break back into canter. What can I do to help the canter and downward transition?
Sorry for the lengthy post! Any help is much appreciated. :)