So, I got this new mare. She's an 8 year old ASB, naturally gaited. She hasn't done much with her life, so she is going into training to be my show horse.
I am showing her as a huntseat horse, so she cannot gait. I do not care if she does it on trails or pleasure riding (if I ask her to) but they don't make five-gaited ASB hunter classes.
The issue is that she gaits when she goes into the trot and into the canter. I think it's more of a pace, but I'm not familiar with the different gaits. I don't think it would really be considered a rack or slow gait. But for instance; When you ask her to trot, she paces first and then you have to say "Yup! Yup!" (or make some sort of sound like that) and she starts trotting.
That's a no-no for showing.
She does the same with the canter.
She also paces and stuff around corners, but I think that is mostly because she's a chub-monster and is out of shape... so she isn't balanced. So, I think when she gets unbalanced she loses her feet and gaits.
So, besides getting her in shape... does anyone have any other ideas?
And, link to my other thread, which I also need ideas!
Thanks in advance.