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    04-18-2011, 08:32 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Talking Baby Girl WALKS!

After four months of de-pacing, I have something that resembles a run walk/flat walk. It's sloppy, it's slow, it's not all that great, but I'm sorta proud. She gets a little pacey once in a while, but it's 90% walk. It's a huge improvement over when I first started working with her, for sure.

Improvements still must be made. Any suggestions? Critiques? Ways I can get this little walk-ish gait better?

This video is completely unedited. Movie Maker wasn't working, so it was dowloaded directly from my phone to Youtube.

Vid starts at :30 seconds.

The run around 1:00 is pretty lateral. The one after that (starts at 1:30) is nice enough. There are three or four others of various quality in that direction. Watch to 2:50, then skip to 4:10 (I had a conversation with my friend that would have been edited out if I had the software). She seems like prefer the direction we've going at 4:10. I like those two runs the best.

     
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    04-19-2011, 10:07 AM
  #2
Weanling
Looks really good, congrats on the improvements!

The only thing I would say that might help you because she could probably get under herself more than she is as I see her pull out some awesome overstride when she gets in rhythm...try this with her... when she speeds up and starts to get lateral and out of her rhythm, ask her to give to the reins and set her head, while squeezing her up.

When you do this you're asking the back end for more movement which will cause her to round and reach further with her back legs inturn making her front end reach further as well and she will move more fluidly and faster as she builds the muscles.

Otherwise great work!
     
    04-19-2011, 10:40 AM
  #3
Banned
She is certainly coming along! I think you are doing all the right things. The trouble with depacing is the fact that it can take a looooong time to break them of the habit. She certainly seems to go better going right (end of video). She's got a solid, head nodding walk to the right. To the left she has some good stretches of it and then you see her tense into a shuffly pacey thingy. It is just a matter of correcting that pace, bringing her back down to the walk, letting her nod a few strides at a slower flat walk and asking her to pick it up a bit. She really is a lovely girl and I know that she will be a good walker some day.

Oh and one more suggestion...do you have any straight away type areas where you could let her really walk out without bending or turning? The arena works great but if she has a nice open area to really get moving, she may want to stretch and sink into that walk a little more. Since I know your intentions are endurance, this is what you want your walk for anyways!

Love BabyGirl. You guys are doing great.
     
    04-19-2011, 11:16 AM
  #4
Yearling
I know absolutely nothing about gaited horses, but I can see she is ALOT more comfortable going to the right. Her movement is alot more steady & consistant, where as on the left she speeds up then slows down & just doesnt look as comfortable with it. Anyway, enough of my rambling because I actually have no idea about gaited horses etc. that was just my little input but feel free to tell me to shut up lol beautiful horse by the way :)
     
    04-19-2011, 07:44 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Kstinson:

Thank you! Sorta like a half halt?

Cori:

Thanks for the advice and compliments! It means a lot!

Tell me about it... This de-pacing stuff is CRAZY. I never thought it would take me this long to get this far!

One of her little issues is that once she settles into her little run walk/pace, she goes on cruise control and I can't pull her back into a flat walk without her getting all worried, hollowing her back, and pacing in place. Therefore, I can't start her over properly and find that rythmn again. She's so hot she fries her own brain. She won't RELAX when she walks. I have a feeling that she would look a ton better if she would calm herself down...

I have a really nice stretch of trail I could use. Flat, straight, grassy...


KawaiiCharlie:

She is excessively sidey. She can sidepass perfectly one direction and not the other, she picks up leads more cleanly tracking right... I try to work her equally in both directions, but she's just "right handed". Funny, because I'm a lefty and do everything left. I guess I'll have to work a little harder building up that off side!
     
    04-19-2011, 10:54 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Shameful bump.
     
    04-20-2011, 04:01 AM
  #7
Yearling
I've showed my trainer and she said she'd have input on Thurs. ;)
     
    04-20-2011, 09:50 AM
  #8
Weanling
Yes, it's quite similar only you're not really asking them to slow down any, only restricting their movement in the front end and utilizing the back end.

When my mare starts to go out of gait and step pace, I hold steady on the reins so when I squeeze her up she understands I am asking for movement in the back and to keep her front end collected. My trainer said not to slow her down because you still want the speed; if they're at the speed where they are just falling out of gait you want to build the muscle right at that speed so they can hold it (kind of like the gym I guess) when you cause the rounding from squeezing them up they will lengthen their back stride and it will help to hold the walk at the speed you're asking...

So hold steady on the front and squeeze her up...don't pull back on the reins just hold steady so she is bringing the forward motion with her rear end first.

Hope that helps!! She's coing along really well though, love her spots!

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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Kstinson:

Thank you! Sorta like a half halt?

Cori:

Thanks for the advice and compliments! It means a lot!

Tell me about it... This de-pacing stuff is CRAZY. I never thought it would take me this long to get this far!

One of her little issues is that once she settles into her little run walk/pace, she goes on cruise control and I can't pull her back into a flat walk without her getting all worried, hollowing her back, and pacing in place. Therefore, I can't start her over properly and find that rythmn again. She's so hot she fries her own brain. She won't RELAX when she walks. I have a feeling that she would look a ton better if she would calm herself down...

I have a really nice stretch of trail I could use. Flat, straight, grassy...


KawaiiCharlie:

She is excessively sidey. She can sidepass perfectly one direction and not the other, she picks up leads more cleanly tracking right... I try to work her equally in both directions, but she's just "right handed". Funny, because I'm a lefty and do everything left. I guess I'll have to work a little harder building up that off side!
     
    04-20-2011, 03:26 PM
  #9
Yearling
I didn't see a running walk at all. The best I could say is the horse was doing an unenven "quck step." Maybe it's because the camera was not set up to accurately capture the movement. But I just didn't see it.

If you have a pacy horse then you have a pacy horse. You can train a decent centered gait, but it takes time and patience. And in one sense it's no more "natural" than a Big Lick horse on stacks. The reason it's better is that the rider is trying to "center" the horse with work as opposed to some device.

Better to work on straight lines than curves in the early stages of this retraining. It's also essential to sit squarely and collect the horse by driving with the leg and "catching" the horse in the hand. You collect any horse by taking the horse to the bit, not the bit to the horse. I didn't see much collection.

One approach is to find a dressage or classical riding instructor that will teach a centered seat and the correct use of the leg and hand.

It's good that this work be done; it's the first step on a trip of 1000 miles.

Good luck with future work.

G.
     
    04-20-2011, 07:04 PM
  #10
Green Broke
So, it's not a run walk? Not even a really terrible one...? I looked like one to me...


... If so, I don't even know what to do now. I'm lost. That terrible gait made me so happy... Back to square one. Or maybe two. Square two.

Thanks for the well wishes. :)
     

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