My coach has a 5 year old Standardbred gelding that just can't seem to understand cantering in the arena. He will canter on the lunge line or when free lunging; he also canters out in the field; as long as you don't sit on his back.
We have tried setting up a jump, and once it gets to a height where he actually jumps it, he will canter (if you stay off his back) but then starts to pace once he gets to the corner. I know it's a balancing issue, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on how to keep him balanced enough to go around the corner and show him that he doesn't need to pace.
There is no issue with tack fit, or pain; everything fits him very well. I know that Standardbreds have a harder time with the canter especially when they have been trained not to. (Jimmy was trained but never raced)
Thanks in advance!