Hi, I have a 22-yr old Paso Fino gelding. He does a walk, a fast walk (maybe flat-footed, I've never really looked into it), a fox trot, Paso Fino, canter, and gallop. Well, he only performs the walk if he's being lazy and doesn't want to go faster, the fast walk is his usual walk, the fox trot is the gait he uses in place of a trot, and the Paso Fino he only does when I'm a.) going over poles and I ask for something more than a walk, or b.) when he really wants to canter and I hold him back.
Well, from the ground, he PACES. It is sooo annoying. Whenever I'm leading him and ask for a fox trot, he paces. I've tried adjusting his pace to be faster or slower, but apparently the pace has a wide range of speed . I've tried trotting poles (in hand) and he still does a pace. But he NEVER has paced under saddle--just in the pasture and in hand! And it's terrible because his gaits are Soooo smooth. That awful pace is annoying, though. Any help? Thanks!