I got a little racking horse filly (who just turned 3) about three and a half months ago as my first horse. We started her training just before her third birthday, and she caught on really well. She orginally went into her rack all by herself, and then after that I started pushing her into it a little more. But she doesn't ever keep the pace for longer than a few minutes (if that). I've ridden gaited horses before, but never been real 'good' at it.
Maybe I am doing something wrong? I was taught to lean back slightly and put pressure right into her girth while collecting her head while trying to gait. Is that the proper way?
How can I teach her to gait longer? When I know I'll be trying to get her gait, I ride her bareback so that my western saddle doesn't get in her way, it seems to help a little and doesn't take so much effort on my part to get her to go. Or maybe I am just pushing her too young?