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post #11 of 16 Old 07-17-2013, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
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It's the boots! She gaited barefoot most of the time. Only tried to trot 3 times in 5 miles. Poor thing was suffering on parts of the trail that had gravel.

So what do I do? Friday ill try all 4 feet booted. I'm at a loss, though, I don't really want to pay $160 to shoe all four when I only need all four for the competitions.

Thanks for all the help everyone on the gaits! I used your advice and it definitely helped when I over exaggerated the chair seat position. :)

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post #12 of 16 Old 07-18-2013, 05:16 AM
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Have you tried a slimmer, lighter, lower profile boot with a better breakover? I used Boas for a short time years ago, and not only did they rub my horse's pasterns, but they did change her movement (shortened stride, a bit stumbly). Same horse goes all day at all gaits in Renegades with no problem. Their new design, Vipers, is even lighter weight and slimmer profile...
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-18-2013, 10:08 AM
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Rather than boot, dismount and walk with her on the gravel. This will help toughen her soles. She will have an easier time of it without carrying your weight.
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post #14 of 16 Old 07-18-2013, 04:40 PM
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Chair seat is putting your weight over weakest area of back, and is unsightly and unnecessary as well. And makes it harder for horse to use themselves while saving energy.

And are you sure she is TWH, or could she be ASB? Or mix?

At any rate.

When asking for trot, bring your calves on side, at same time as you bring hands up and close together. Using this will tell horse what you are wanting.

For rack cue, open legs off sides and bring hands down and wide apart.

It may be what you are thinking is a rack, is actually a running walk too.

And never shake a horse's head in curb bit for that matter. And even snaffle may not be enough cue if horse is hard to get into gait.

But the boots/studs are messing your horse up more than likely.

Best to get your gaits done in arena or open field where you don't have to use those.

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post #15 of 16 Old 07-18-2013, 07:02 PM
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If you want her to gait, and she won't gait in boots, you probably need shoes. You can't get her in shape without riding her and you can't ride the feet off of her. Have you tried booting all four feet?

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post #16 of 16 Old 07-18-2013, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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She's a registered TWH. Roc Solid. I have her in an unbroken's what the gaited trainer I had her at for 30 days said to use. I'll try four boots tomorow then if that doesn't work, shoes. I've thought about renegades but don't want to spend the money if I'm going to have the same problem. :(

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