So maybe this has been asked before BUT my mare is a gaited Arab who has lovely gaits when I can get her to do them (I thiiiink she definitely flat walks and I'm pretty sure she racks - her head bobs like crazy, her back end feels like it's gliding, etc). Only problem is that she's not set in her gaits at all and I'd love to get them on cue so I don't have finesse her into them all the time.
I think there was probably a time in her life where she was discouraged from doing them because she acts very concerned about them and used to try her hardest to evade doing them. Nowadays, I've encouraged her to gait enough that she will offer it up if I ask but she'll break as soon as she can (I assume due to a lack of muscle). Since they've never been worked on, she acts totally confused when I request one gait or the other but she will do it if I keep asking.
Anyway, I've found that she does better at them going uphill and if I have quite a bit of contact with her mouth while I'm leaning sort of back (not a lot, but my center of gravity is farther back than normal).
Are there any "tricks" people use to get their horses into gait? What you guys use to encourage gaiting?
It really doesn't matter to me a ton but it'd be really nice to be able to have her gait sometimes. Her trot is just awful but these two other gaits, whatever they are, feel wonderful. It'd be nice to be able to go "fast" and not want to die! Haha
For the record, her Arabian 4xgreat grandfather was actually double registered as a TWH due to the "quality" of his gait. And, for that matter, her mom's side is 100% unknown so her mom could even have been a legitimately gaited horse. There's no telling.
I'm going to try to get a video of Lacey doing her "thing" and maybe you guys will be able to identify what she's doing exactly. I'm sure that would probably help you guys tell me what to do in any case. :)