Last November I rescued a TWH mare, 18 y/o. She's double registered TWHBEA and RHAA and is linebred. Jet black with only a small bit of white on her upper lip. 14-3 hands tall.
She came to me severely underweight and so weak I thought for a while she wasn't going to make it, but she has and I've been riding her lately, mostly bareback as I don't have a saddle that fits her.
She's easily the best horse I now own... She's kid-broke, can be ridden walk, flatwalk, rack, running walk, canter and gallop in just a rope halter and bareback. Has a good stop, etc... (doesn't backup, but we're working on that).
My dilemma is getting her to gait consistently. She will go into a running walk and a rack easily enough, but if I don't keep her checked, she tries to go into a trot. Her previous owners (both the girl who first bought her and took care of her and the man I got her from who didn't care enough to even feed hay during winter) were complete beginners who knew nothing about gaited horses and let her trot all the time.
She has a smooth, slow rack, but when I try to get her to speed up her rack, she tries to trot.
She has a wonderful rocking horse canter, but when I ask her to slow back into either a rack or a running walk, she trots.
She has a fairly fast running walk, but when I ask for it, after a few moments of doing it, she tries to trot.
How can I get her to gait consistently without resorting to using gaiting chains? I have a pair, but do not want to put them on her!