Seeing as we eliminated our first problem instantly almost, I figure we'll move along.
Ruby is a 6yr qh and we are unaware of her background training. We recived her as a slaughter rescue. She took a saddle and rider as if it were natural.
The problem - If you take Ruby on the trail for a walk, she is fine. If she walks along with other horses, she is ALWAYS behind. Now, I have taught her to trot by either voice commands, a equal squeeze of both theighs, or a double click, and she responds instantly. If you are trotting with other horses, she again falls behind all the time. Now, while trotting, you can either tell her "come on, Ruby" or give her a tap with your heels and she instantly goes into a canter....well kind of canter. She gains no speed what so ever. Ruby will be into a canter and half the time she won't catch the next horse that's still in a trot.
I don't think it's a speed (or lack of) problem, because if you kiss to her, or say "giddyup", or wave the ends of the riens out to the right (like you are winding up to give her a slap on the rump) - hold on!! Light the wick, hold onto your hat -chit and get ~ she GOES. Our BO has a pretty fast horse, and Ruby will catcher her like nothing!
But she goes into a canter waaaay too soon. How do I eliminate that? She does the same thing going into a gallop also, but it's not as pronounced.