Dreamer (my Spotted Saddle Horse) just had his 3rd ride yesterday! (yay!!!) And.. though i've broke multiple trotting horses to ride, this is one of my first Walkers. I have done some riding on Walkers before, but they were already very well established in their gaits. When I rode them I kept a slight feel on their mouth and gently asked them to step up their gait. My hands were also elevated and held about 3 inches above the horn.
So... my questions are...
How do you keep a young Walking Horse in their "Running Walk" without them breaking into a trot.
What are you supposed to do if they gait one day, then only trot the next? (Dreamer trotted his entire second ride).
Do I -need- to use one of those high port long shank Walking Horse bits to get him to maintain/keep gait? If so, im not sure I want him to gait =/ (I have soft hands, but still.. no 3 year old should have one of those in their mouth).
Anything else I should know? Tips? Etc?
I really look forward to learning something new today =)!!