I'm currently riding an off track standardbred (driving) who never really learned to canter due to her previous use. I've been riding her for a few months now (just for pleasure) and every once in a while we she seems to try cantering after she spots another horse doing it. She usually get a few steps in but it seems like after that she gets discouraged and gives up.
The BO has no problem with her learning but hasn't given much input except for saying "Canter" once she starts going, which I've been doing. We're going to start taking lessons with her soon and that we're comfortable with each other, so maybe she'll give me more details then.
Until then, any advice on how to keep her confidence up and keep her going once she starts?