I have a 5 year old Standardbred who has just come out of racing. I have ridden him but he has a few problems I have noticed. First, he is very intellegent.... I know how this sounds... but when my rather timid friend (who had a scary riding aciedent a few weeks ago) rides him, he knows he can controll her and does everything he shouldn't do to scare her (like backing up and going the oposite way she tells him to go), he also trips up alot, mainly when walking but also while trotting. I also find he wont canter. The first time I rode him he cantered instead of trotting but now he only trots and just paces at a racing speed when I nudge him on to canter. I know he has a different bit to the racing one which contributes to some of his behavior but I don't know if having someone riding him is giving him a sore back or something.
I love him and hope this doesn't sound crittical but his behavior is just fustrating the both of us.