Hi all, I rescued a little TWH in March who only had 30 days training. She is now an awesome trail horse and we are working on doing Endurance. I'm new to gaited horses.
The problem is she has consistently been hard to get in her gait. A few weeks ago I got her in her gait 80% of the time instead of trotting. Last week I got a new saddle and added studs to her BOA boots so she has more traction (it's super muddy here)...now she won't gait at all. I worked 10 miles with her on Friday and I could only get her really gaiting once...the rest of the time was that inbetween fast walk or a trot.
My other newer TWH who was gaiting consistently with no problems, I added non-stud BOA boots and now he will only walk and canter or this "cantelope" gait with me and his partial leasor.
Is it me? The BOA boots? Or what? Do I give up trying to get her gaiting while we are doing Endurance training and let her trot? Or put Endurance training on the backburner until we can gait properly?? Help!
Ps- I have no arena or non-muddy areas to work...only lots of trails.