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post #11 of 78 Old 08-15-2011, 09:00 PM
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You could probably manage to teach him to pace but trotting is a whole 'nother deal. I think it would be a full out crying shame to ruin a gaited horse like that. Regardless of gait, gaited horses don't usually make the best gaming horses. Their conformation is what it is to assist in a smoother gait. They are not built for galloping speed. Or turning. If your horse is naturally gaited, leave it.
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post #12 of 78 Old 08-15-2011, 09:19 PM
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I completely fail to see why you want to take something desirable, and turn it into every other horse, when you could get what you are looking for likely for free.
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If your horse is only part TWH, it would be do-able. I worked with a 7 year old random crossbreed gelding who was a part gaited thing, Missouri Fox Trotter was our best guess. He gaited when he was born, then grew out of it and did walk/trot/canter at liberty. He was green broke and I just helped put more rides on him. His owner just wanted him to be safe for her nieces and nephews to ride and be able to do intro level at schooling shows, so she wanted him to trot. All I did was ignore the gait and keep posting to help him keep the tempo. I would often click or tap the whip in rhythm and praised him hugely when he would trot. He really just got his legs mixed up a lot of the time and didn't know where to put them. After a month of riding him, he would trot and canter normally 95% of the time.

If your horse is full TWH, I would not try to change him. He was bred to gait and changing that goes against what he was built/bred for. Find a barrel horse if you want to run barrels.

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post #14 of 78 Old 08-15-2011, 09:39 PM
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Since your username seem to indicate it, I looked back. On previous threads you say you own two QHs as well as your TW - is there a reason you could not barrel race one of the QHs, which would be infinitely more suited for the sport, instead of mucking around with your TWs gait and trying to make him something else?
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Why would you? If you look at the build of "most" TWH they just aren't made for gaming. I'm not saying they can't, but it's much harder on them. I know my Rascal would never make a barrel horse. He is to light framed and fine boned. That doesn't mean he is lacking, just different.

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I have to agree with the majority of the posters. Before asking yourself if you can, ask yourself why would you want to.
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Walkers can barrel race or jump but they don't have the conformation to excell in these events.
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We have some kind of haired pony at work. His name is Little Billy. He's the most roaned out red I've ever seen.
He's a lesson pony. Kids have ruined him. He'll do a number of gaits and a trot. I've felt it. But man, I ran barrels on him, and he sure can gallop. I love that little pony, and wish I knew how to cue his gaits.
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A TWH does a run-walk. If you are bouncing in the saddle like you would with a trot, your horse is probably pacey in his gait.
TWHs are not built to be barrell racing horses. They were actually bred by southern plantation owners for a horse that gave them a smooth ride over their vast plantations.
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post #20 of 78 Old 08-16-2011, 04:50 PM
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can you un-gait a gaited horse?

As somebody once said, "yes, you can." But why would you want to? My gaited and 1/2-bred gaited horses I have owned over the years ALWAYS demonstrated that they could trot out in the pasture...when they wanted to. And, last summer, my KMH (now 16'3hh--I know, oxymoron height but I think that's because there's a lot of TWH in him) showed me a lot of trotting under saddle. Had to post it. I'm not an expert gaited trainer, but everything I've read about training them is not increase collection in order to build the musculature to carry you and to gait well.
I agree with above. This type of horse is bred for quick/comfortable movement on the trail. They are willing, and will try to barrel race for you. But what if you get really serious about the sport? You WILL have to move on.
Fortunately there is a great appetite now for gaited horses. Find your horse an owner looking for a comfortable ride. I also own a QH, and I have different training plans for him.
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