fox trotter breaking into trot

       The Horse Forum > Horse Breeds, Breeding, and Genetics > Horse Breeds > Gaited Horses

fox trotter breaking into trot

This is a discussion on fox trotter breaking into trot within the Gaited Horses forums, part of the Horse Breeds category
  • Getting foxtrotter to relax

Like Tree3Likes
  • 2 Post By ladyicon
  • 1 Post By ALegUp

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-09-2013, 12:15 PM
fox trotter breaking into trot

I need help- my fox trotter breaks into trot a bumpy one lately. I gaited smoothly on him before and do not know what to do . He also wants to lead all the time and if some horse is in front gaiting ahead, he gets upset. Any suggestions? Thanks
Sponsored Links
    10-11-2013, 01:23 AM
Sounds like he is trying to catch up or pass the horse in front of him. Make him slow down till he gaits, then release the reins. Does he gait when you are in the lead?
    10-11-2013, 11:47 PM
Green Broke
Yeah, he might be getting too fast. My Fox Trotter mare gets really bumpy (hard trot?) if I let her get too fast.

When I first got her I didn't realize I should be keeping her at a relatively slow trot to get her best gait. My girl gaits best at a speed just slightly faster than her fast, flat walk. As soon as she breaks out of a flat walk, that is where I try to keep her.
    10-12-2013, 12:30 AM
I notice my foxtrotter breaks into a trot if she is hurrying (as already mentioned) and if the ground starts to get uneven.
    10-21-2013, 01:28 PM
My MFT used to break gait when he was in 'racing brain'. What worked for him was sitting deep, slowing him down and mild contact. If there were no other horses to compete against, he would stay in gait on a loose rein as long as I wanted. Put another horse out ahead of him and he just wanted to win, though mine would pace more than hard trot.
cowgirl928 likes this.
    10-24-2013, 11:51 AM
Try to do what ALegUp said- sit deeply, and make sure you have contact with her. Relax, concentrate on what you want to do. If this doesn't work, take her down to a walk, quiet her down, and slowly work up to a gait. When she acquiesces, reward her by releasing some of your pressure on her. If she tries to speed up again, start the process over. I had to do this with my MFT mare and now she only trots when not being ridden. It may take some work.
I would try to work on the issues separately. Start by trying to change your horses mindset of needing to be in front all the time. Then, work on the gait issue separately and away from a group.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Fox Trotter- what do you think? hydnschultz Horse Conformation Critique 5 01-15-2013 07:55 AM
Does anyone else have a Fox Trotter? CloudsMystique Gaited Horses 31 04-18-2009 08:49 PM
Fox Trotter Stud carriedenaee Horse Breeding 16 05-22-2008 08:16 PM
Beautiful Fox Trotter mare, Awesome Trot! pigshorse Tack and Equipment Classifieds 0 12-26-2007 09:20 AM
Missouri Fox Trotter ahearn Horse Breeds 3 09-25-2007 08:19 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 09:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0