Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Welcome to the forum.
As a novice rider you may not be equipped to retrain your horse properly. I would strongly suggest getting a trainer - at least in the beginning. As for bucking when asked for a canter, that has nothing to do with the fact that he was just used to trail ride. All my horses trail ride and we canter a good deal without bucking.
What it sounds like is you have a horse that has been allowed to get away with a lot and really needs a knowledgeable rider who knows how to anticipate and counter your horse's faults before they happen. To paraphrase a famous trainer, training is knowing what to do before what happens, happens.
I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.
Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.
It's not always what you say but what they hear.