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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: South East Texas
sounds like he needs to learn how to be rated. Have you heard of the check and release method? The first step would be making sure he'll vary his speed at a trot for you. Work with him at asking for a working trot (which is what he most likely uses at this point) then gradually speedin up (don't allow him to break into a canter, just speed up his trot) and after a few paces, slow to a working trot again. Also try slowing him to a very soft, slow trot. Do this by very slightly pulling at the reins in and sitting deep in the saddle. The moment he seems to slow, even a tiny bit, release the pressure. Do again as necessary until he is going at the speed you want him to. If he attempts to go faster, once again pull back and release. Once he masters that idea, try it with a canter. Sitting as deep as possibly and keeping your hands soft and unexciting will help a lot, and using the check and release method will remind him of what you want.
It generally just takes time for a young horse to learn what 'canter' means. Its not full out galloping down the rail with your rider clinging to your back! Be patient and gentle. He'll get it =]
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