Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj
With virtually all horses, for initially working the canter, I want a nice BIG field. I want room to move, because most of this is going to be left up to them. .
I too use a big open space. I want room for him to run. Given enough distance any horse will slow down. I ask for the lead and if the horse picks it up I let him move out for a few good easy paces and then ease him back to an acceptable pace and then just let him hold it for a long time. He learns to pace himself since he never knows how long he will be loping.
By knowing side passing ahead of time he quickly learns to move his hind end in the direction indicated opening up the lead I want and burrying the one I do not.