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        08-11-2012, 08:34 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    She should have the ability to gait. She has unlearned it. If she does a flat walk she just needs muscle memory built. The best thing for her is hills, lots of up and down hills. That is the best way to get her rear and shoulders built the up the way they should be. Another thing is spacing boards, there are others on here who can tell you how far apart to put them. Get her shod in the front and put weights on her legs, and no I don't mean anything inhumane, there are weights that are not made of chain, they are padded weights which go around the legs that will make her notice her front feet more. A trotty horse is much easier to get to gait than a pacey one.

    The KMSHA rules state the horse must be certified by the age of 4. But if you talk to them and tell them the circumstances they may go ahead because of her parents, but you must have her in gait and send them a video of her doing it so I would get the training started asap.

    I guess I should have read your full post too. You will know a gait when you feel it. You will feel the impulsion from the rear. She will drop her hind end ever so little and start making that back end push the front end. It may be a bit bumpy at first, but your bottom will not leave the saddle like a trot, eventually when you get good muscle tone the bumpy should go away.
         
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        08-13-2012, 09:59 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Yes, Hills are an excellent idea -- just use that nice flat walk to build up her muscle memory. She should have the genetic potential to gait as she is solidly bred.

    KMSHA certification rule -- the 4 yo is only for showing -- you cannot show an uncertified horse that is over 4 yo.

    But you can certify at any age -- so no problem there. Just work on her gait (and you will know when she swtiches from trot).

    You will need to have 2 examiners or send in a video (instructions are on the KMSHA website). I'm assuming she has DNA already since she was registered as a foal.

    Good luck. Just remember - don't let her trot if your goal is gait right now. Get her set in gait and they you can cue to trot if you want.
         
        08-13-2012, 07:34 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    "Yes! Walk walk walk walk walk"

    NO, No, NO, that is the slow way, and many times doesn't work.
    See my post under.
    "TWH "hopping" at the gait?"
         
        08-14-2012, 09:08 PM
      #14
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Macslady    
    The best thing for her is hills, lots of up and down hills. That is the best way to get her rear and shoulders built the up the way they should be.
    Unfortunately, it is quite flat where I live. No real hills anywhere near my home. There are a few gradual inclines but that's it. I'll be putting shoes on the front as soon as the farrier can get here, because she has cracks in the toes on her front feet. It looks like her feet weren't done for quite a while before I bought her. I was planning on having just regular shoes put on her. Should that be okay?

    What are the aids to ask a horse to gait? When walking, should I be trying for a more collected walk, or a longer lower walk, or both?

    Thank you.
         
        08-14-2012, 09:18 PM
      #15
    Foal
    This is very helpful info. I went to the KMSHA website several times, but could never figure out whether it was even possible to certify her. I like her very much even if she doesn't gait, but I like the challenge of learning more about gaited horses and maybe helping her to gait.

    What is the cue to gait?

    Thank you!

    Quote:
    Originally Posted by scooter46    
    Yes, Hills are an excellent idea -- just use that nice flat walk to build up her muscle memory. She should have the genetic potential to gait as she is solidly bred.

    KMSHA certification rule -- the 4 yo is only for showing -- you cannot show an uncertified horse that is over 4 yo.

    But you can certify at any age -- so no problem there. Just work on her gait (and you will know when she swtiches from trot).

    You will need to have 2 examiners or send in a video (instructions are on the KMSHA website). I'm assuming she has DNA already since she was registered as a foal.

    Good luck. Just remember - don't let her trot if your goal is gait right now. Get her set in gait and they you can cue to trot if you want.
         

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