Originally Posted by Paramore
Well, I'd have to ask my trainer about it. I doubt that's it, though- usually she's just a jerk.
I wouldn't take what the horse is doing personal. Your mare isn't saying to herself, "I'm going to make my rider mad by not cantering. Oh, goodie."
I'm not saying you are
taking this personal....but from your tone it sounds like you're frustrated with your mare. And I understand that feeling well. I've got difficult horses, too. But, I think that for the mare's well being and health.....you should rule out any possibility of pain for her. Saddle fit, back problems, foot problems, etc. Then, I would do like Kayty suggested and get her physically fit at the walk and trot every day and lunging at the canter...before you ride
her at the canter. It might just solve your problem. Good luck!