I have a Polish Arabian mare I am training Western pleasure with. She's 11 years old, 14.2hh and I've had her since 2001. She is an all around horse, she does Hunter/Jumper, Jumpers, Dressage, Roping, Team Penning, English Pleasure, Endurance, Trail, Halter and Showmanship. I am now going for the extra one, Western Pleasure. She can do this with the gaits she needs for it, and she does it extremely well, earning loads of high point awards and championships in all areas of riding. She naturally has an extended trot that looks gorgeous(you know those arabs), I have already been able to slow her trot to a very, very slow and nice jog. She's very easily taught. She has always had a fast canter, and when I first got her, she had been being neglected and was an extremely rough canter ride, but she has smoothed out(thank goodness, if I kept riding that I would have ended up needing back surgery! lmao) and slowed down to a nice canter, but we're having trouble slowing at the canter, to a western pleasure lope. She works absolutely beautiful in draw reins, and even though I'm not doing anything different(she's already got a nice arab western pleasure headset, draw reins aren't needed, I am just using this as an example from when I used them to get her head flexed for it) she does a rocking horse canter(I'm not a fan of the rocking horse canter..I like a much slower lope for WP, but not rocking horse..they look weird doing it!), and I can get her to do an awesome lope then if I ask her for more "go"..but I will not use draw reins on her in the arab breed shows/region shows. I've tried the 'canter a few strides, then stop, then repeat' method and that will slow her down for that day, but then the next day she's right back at square one and I've been working on this since the beginning of last year.:no: I cannot get it correct, I feel bad that I am misleading her somewhere in my training. So I would like any ideas on slowing her canter to a lope, please!! Thanks!