Originally Posted by satrider
I have a Fox Trotter
, smoothest ride ever. I have had some issues with her, barn sour and does not want to leave her buddy. I'm still trying to get her into the gaits though, as I have not had a lot of experience. Any hints would be appreciated. When she does get into it, it's great, the speed scares me sometimes.
Do you know what gait she's doing instead? That would be helpful.
If she's trotting, you could try leaning back and collecting her.
If she's pacing, try not trotting her for a couple months. Only canter and walk her. That'll help her stop moving laterally. That's what I did with my mare, and she never paces now. You could also try working her over trot poles. It's difficult (if not impossible) to pace over trot poles. And make sure you bring her down to a walk as soon as she starts pacing or trotting, and then try again. Don't tolerate it, and she'll realize that it's a bad thing.