So, now that it has been discovered that the lovely Lacey poneh is gaited, I'm wondering how I can encourage her to gait...
Yesterday I tried collecting up the reins until I could feel her face, but no death grip on her face or anything, just gentle contact, and then squeezing her up into my hands to see if I could get anything out of her. Well, I think I got a pretty passable rendition of the flat foot walk out of her (it was like walking at trot speed, lots of head bobbing) it was also rather smooth (once her head was up, with her head down and on a loose rein, it was awful).
However, the other day I'm pretty sure I got her to rack and I'd LOVE to get her to do that again. I've never consciously ridden a gaited horse before (I have ridden them but I wasn't knowledgeable enough to realize that they were gaited until later) so I have no clue about the cues for these things.
When the supposed rack happened I was asking her to trot and she didn't want to so she was goofing around. However, generally as a rule she LOVES trotting so that was, I'm pretty sure, a one time deal getting her to do it that way.
I'm riding her bitless, in an "Indian Bosal," which is the only thing she's hypothetically gaited for me in before, so I have no intention of changing unless it's absolutely necessary.
Help? I'm not expecting miracles since she is 25 but yknow, we can try new things especially since she's the one that's suddenly busting out gaiting as a secondary skill set.