I recently bought a Thoro off the track to train for barrels. She is very kind and laid back not at all the typical "thoroughbred" when you think of horses off the track. She is kinda lazy actually. I have worked with her at a walk and trot getting her to move off my legs and stopping (which I know can be a problem with some). We have done a lot of ground work, flexing, circles, moving off leg, and other things that are necessary in training. I figured its about time to ask for a canter as this is one thing I haven't done with her yet. BUT, when I pushed her forward and asked for a canter all she did was go into a very fast long trot. I tried squeezing, kissing, voice command, which I taught her while lunging, and anything else I could. I even tried getting her to run next to another horse, with no luck. But boy can she move out at a trot. So, my question is, does anyone have experience with race horses and had this problem?? Is there a special cue that I'm missing here?? Any suggestions to get her to step it up a notch and canter?? The arena is very long, so I don't think its a space issue and she will canter while lunging. Any suggestions would be much appreciative. Sorry for the long story, but I wanted to get across that her training is extensive to this point and she is coming along nicely except for this small hold back. Thanks.