Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
FYI, TWH's love a long, straight trail and they REALLY take off at their running walk on one, while dropping their quarters and moving at about 9 mph. When you work a TWH in an arena they will give you 3 gaits that you didn't ask for:
--broken washing machine
You can ride him in a snaffle or a loose-shank curb. People used to train them to lean on the bit in order to gait, and some still do. It' okay to ride them like that as long as your contact is soft.
TWH's have "rubber legs". You see them sometimes cross one back leg over the hock of the other.
I've owned several TWH's and TWH-crosses who also gait like a TWH. I own two KMH's that travel similarly, except that they are better at climbing hills than TWH's since they can take shorter steps.
ALL gaited horses have BIG motors--hardly ever will you have one that is lazy.
Several folks that drive (here) have suggested that driving will teach a TWH to stop the running walk and to trot, instead. Don't know, BUT if your TWH trots, it's best to post it.
BTW, ALL gaited horses will trot while turned out sometimes. I keep mine in my back yard and I've witnessed it.