Thanks for the replies!! They are helpful. I use a big gage twisted snaffle and a barrel saddle. He is a 19yo paint. He is a finished barrel horse who is essentially retired now that I own him. I ride the barrel pattern often but not at the fast pace he was nice used to. He gets ridden 5 days a week.
I think part of my problem is that once I realize he wants to go fast, I get scared and then I don't let him canter at all. I guess I should let him go and then "check and release" if I have to. The more I think about it the more I realize it's a confidence issue. Posted via Mobile Device