I hate posting again, but this is bugging me and he IS my first horse... so I need all the help I can get.
My horse is a 21-23 yo saddlebred. He knows he is a show horse, and thinks he's all that. Anyway, when I ask him to canter he simply trots sooo fast I almost fall off or lose my balance to were I have almost no control. He'll keep trotting faster and faster but seems to not know canter! I know he does, he was a riding show saddlebred (no carriages) and he did it in the field when I had no control. (figures) Someone said I should not whip the "old" man cause it would bother him. But I know he needs it, he is being stubborn. I will try to do it western, after all I have better balance on a western saddle, it's sturdier. Should I use a firm voice and say "canter!" and then tap him with the whip? I just do not know. I don't really want to whip him, honestly. But I may not have a choice. He still needs discipline, no matter how old he is IMO. Am I wrong?