So I've been getting Miss Crayon back into work, and I really want to be patient and figure out how to best work with the type of horse she is. My horse I had while I was away was much different and although she was less broke, much easier to work with on some things. 1. Crayon has always been a bit tough to get going... But recently it's only at the walk. She will trot (or canter if she had the fitness) all day, but when walking she just drags herself along at a snails pace. Maybe I forgot how slow she walks because my other horse walked faster than any horse I've met. But anyway, she just seems so bored at the walk. I've tried circles and serpentines... things that might keep her attention. But she stops very frequently and sometimes starts looking around at other things... Walking around the yard where we don't normally ride helps only a teeny bit. I also thought, well, we could just trot most of the time... But she's not in shape for that right now, and I think walking is an important part. Any ideas? 2. This has been an issue as long as I've had her... But she never eases into the canter. She always launches herself forward into it. Today we just tried for the heck of it and the same thing happened, but she's not really in shape yet to be cantering much at all. My concern is that I can never follow that with my hands and either slip the reins or catch her in the mouth (owie) and I don't want her to get used to either of those being the norm. Even after years of riding her I can't follow that with my hands; it takes me by surprise no matter how much I anticipate it. I know there's a more basic thing that needs to be fixed in order to change this... She even did it when she was in shape, even when I made she she was set up to transition to canter. She actually is almost better if I just drop the contact and don't set her up... but that's probably because I can't feel her lurch into my hands if I don't have contact. Could it be that she is pretty front-end heavy? She'll trot around pretty forward, working from the hind end into the bridle and looks pretty nice. If I shorten the reins too much she'll tuck her head into her chest no matter how much leg I add... and if the reins get too long she wants more contact... Could it be that she just doesn't care because her bit is a very soft and flexible rubber? This is probably a silly idea because I don't really think it's as simple as "Ow, I got popped in the mouth, let me make that a smoother transition so it doesn't keep happening." It must be something I have to help her with... Anyway... I didn't mean to write a book and I don't want to make things too complicated. I just want to ride her forward, up and into the contact, but still work with her personality type.