Originally Posted by RedTree
ahh isn't cantering and loping the same thing??
Correct me if I'm wrong.
I think they are the same. Cantering is English and loping is Western. At least that's what I've always heard.
Instead of holding your horse back to get him to go slower, take him out on a long dirt road, (or just go around an arena lots and lots of times) and canter him for 7 or 8 miles. Do this for three or four days. He will slow himself down to conserve his energy instead of wasting it in the first mile. Going for short canters he can become like a sprinter, where the long rides will get him thinking he needs to be like a marathon runner, slow and steady.