So, Harry went on his first solo trail ride today (yay). It was in hindsight probably a bad idea but I learned a lot about the horse in question. I asked for a walk, a trot and a canter on the trail. I noticed that once I had a slow collected trot or a nice canter. I would have that and ask for a down shift. I asked with steady rein pressure. The result was often him taking the bit, bearing down and often going faster before slowing down. He did this even at the end of a ride when he was tired. I noticed this was still an issue when I used half halts to slow him down. He would slow but its a long time for him to give the behavior requested. This malcontent with pace continued when I returned to our riding area. Is there anything I can do to discourage this behavior? My current plan is to work on transitions to walk and trot and spend more time focusing on that slow trot. I plan to table the canter for the moment. I am also planning on taking a lesson with a respected trainer in the area in about two weeks. Is there anything else I can do in the meantime? He is currently in a split kimberwick bit. I know its a bit harsher a bit then I would like but he does respond and stop in this bit.