JT is a 5-year old NSH and I've had him for almost a year and a half. He has calmed down enormously and is pretty much lazy now, hardly spooks at all.
I've changed saddles and the new one is off his shoulders and wide enough, use the softest bit I could find and have had him checked out not too long ago, chiropratic work and new wedged shoes for more balance.
He has improved huge in his walk and trot work (we try dressage mostly), is sensitive to my leg aids and is coming more and more from behind, but canter keep getting worse and worse.
He is my first young horse, I'm used to horses picking up each lead because someone else taught them how to do it, I gave the aid and the horse cantered. Now I have to admit to occasionally loosing my temper, because I just don't see why it is so hard, he picks them both up on the trail, why won't he do it in the arena?
How do I realize in time I'm about to loose my patience and keep the ride progressing positively? I really want to stop fighting him and prevent us both from getting frustrated, but I also want him to know it's not okay to refuse to do what I'm asking for.