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post #1 of 8 Old 01-03-2012, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
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Baby Girl Gaiting (Video)

It's gotten a little better, I think. It use to be a hard pace, so I guess anything's better than that! How's it looking, if I dare ask? (I need a nervous smilie, because it's probably still terrible...) I'm not sure if I have the right to call it a rack, but it looks "racky". Either way, it's a nice ride.

This is raw footage, so there is time between the gaiting. Either be patient, or jump to these after the first cycle:

:36, 1:10, 1:27, 1:45 (started trotting at the end), 2:20, 2:53 (cantered, how's that lookin?), 3:12 (cantered again), 3:36.

The last one after the canters looks best to me. She was better warmed up after a little canter. They seen to get better as the video progresses since she was getting warmer.
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Looks like she gets better as she goes, I wouldn't say she is doing a hard pace at all. Doesn't looks like it's quite an EVEN 4 beat, but you're getting close! I would say her head could be a bit more on the vertical. I think some hill work(specifically uphill) and working in tallish grass could help.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-04-2012, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you!

How steep should the hill ideally be and how much should I do?

I've been doing the time you taught me last thread about how to make her flex at the poll. She's starting to do really well at the walk and I'm sure it will click at the gait soon. I'll tell you, it improved her walk a lot. Got her butt under her, and she's seeking contact and being much more attentive. She's not doing that nasty, lazy pace-walk anymore. It's been a tough thing for her to learn for some reason; it's taken a lot of sessions and forced me to devolop a better leg to drive her forward with. So, thank you for the good advice. :) We'll keep working.
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-05-2012, 03:21 AM
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Nice color on this horse, looks like your doing a fine job with her .
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-05-2012, 04:52 AM
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so thats what a pace? looks like? interesting... looks like she's walking in hyperspeed, lol.

I cant comment on the quality of it.. -.- i wouldnt know.
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she's looking really improved! She is definitely 4 and out here and there, but she is popping off the front end because her rear is engaged, and you can see that she is learning that it is no negotiation with you in the saddle, she must 4 beat, nice progress!

Her canter is looking pretty good -a little fast, but I assume that is not a bad thing for you as your are a CT rider correct? In show they like it as slow as possible, but its definitely got potential to be really get more of that rocking chair canter that TWH is famous for, do some circle cantering and also stop her while cantering and back her up. My trainer has been having us do that with our horses and we've had good results.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-05-2012, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! She's the ideal color for me; bay tobiano with more white than brown. Love her.

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She's not really pacing; she's doing an uneven four beat gait (even in some places! Yeeees!). Here's her actually pacing:

See if you can spot the different!


Yay! I was hoping you'd reply!

Thank you for the complement! I'm so proud of her. I never thought she'd improve. For a while, I thought she'd pace FOREVER.

Her canter is great for covering trail at CTRs. It could stand to be a bit slower for arena work. In a smallish arena, it's very stressful to have to fly around and take corners at that speed. I'll start doing big spirals and circles in the pasture and see what that does for us.
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For sure and working on a slow canter is great to do as you can always make them go faster, and that nice slow canter on the trails is great too as it can actually be easier for them than gaiting when they start to tire as their legs are moving less, lol! My mares canter is pretty fast right now too, but you slow them down as they get the rhythm and their balance as they get better they can hold the 3 beat longer and longer at slower speeds which is where the rock comes it. That is where the circles come in best as it really slows them down and stretches them out.

She has very much improved! Watch the back feet in your video, when you see the back toes dragging forward and the front leg lift out of the way just before the back one settles in place she is 4 beating-if she lifts them up higher she is moving too lateral or diagonal. You're getting quick to correct her though and you can see that she is learning. If you keep on her about it eventually she will just learn to stay in it and your corrections will come further and further apart. :-D good work!
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