Originally Posted by riccil0ve
Ask for a canter from a good, steady trot. If she trots faster, bring her back to that nice steady trot and ask her to canter again. .
I have an endurance horse. I want a good long trot and I want to be able to ask for trot at times without breaking into a canter.
I also have a really good canter and I want to be able to almost stall the horse in his canter with breaking into a trot.
SO I never ask for a lope from a trot, never. I always go to a lope from a walk or stand still.
I never allow the horse to break his lope into a trot, never. I ask for a walk while cantering and the horse drops in a stride down to the walk.
This way I can really push the trot without breaking or I can really slow the lope down without breaking.
Lots and lots of circles in an arena teaches the horse balance. In the beginning I would ask for the lope and then just hold it around and around, large circles, small circles but constantly circling. First left and then right to work both sides equally.