Originally Posted by girl_on_black_pony
My shetland gelding is really lazy. At first, he would not canter! I had to go buy a crop. But we have fixed the issue with lunging, but now I cannot keep him in a canter. He will for a while, but then he slows to a trot, excpecially when I have him turn. I also have this problem with trotting, though it is not as bad. Also, when he canters, its a really fast canter. When I ask him to slow it down, he trots or just stops.
Any tips would be nice, wether it is me or the horse :/
Anyways. It sounds like your horse has balance/confidence issues. How old is he? Is he green? If he's older, is he ridden much or has it been some time since he has been ridden?
If he is any of those ^^^ things then it can be easily fixed by doing a lot of circles, serpentines, figure 8's etc lunging with side reins is good also