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Horses run at the canter for 2 reasons (other than they can):
1. Rider is leaning forward throwing horse forward onto forehand
2. Horse is unbalanced (may be in addition to #1 causing the imbalance).

When trotting do NOT ask for canter from fast trot. Actually ask for slower trot, sit up, lift ribcage, put outside leg back, inside leg at the girth, use inside rein to slightly bend nose to inside then ask for canter. If horse trots faster slow trot down and re-ask. Repeat until you get a canter from a slow trot, NEVER from a fast trot. Then you will have a controlled canter.
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