Originally Posted by Cherie
Do you have access to a round pen? Ours is 65 feet in diameter. One much smaller would probably not work for this horse.
If you can get her into a round pen, you can force her to canter/gallop and make her stay in the gait. The only thing that really works for horses (and mules that are really bad about building an aversion to the lope) is to make them lope and lope and lope until they get comfortable enough doing it that you can start doing the same thing mounted and in the open. Then, you can use a long trail or big pasture to lope and lope and lope.
Loping her at length in a round pen will also let you evaluate how well she travels. She may be getting arthritic with her age. Make sure she is sound enough to do a lot of loping. If she is showing her age and getting arthritic, she is probably not going to improve much. Then, she is what she is.
Thanks, Cherie. 19 yrs for an Arabian isn't all that old. And she moves fluidly, whether she's getting up from the ground & walking around in a cool damp morning, or the day following a long trail ride. Regretably, I don't have access to a round pen, because I tend to agree w/ you, she just has an aversion to the canter.