Hi forum members! I know i've been off for a while, things weren't going the best, and we had a few technical issues with the computer. But i'm back, and here to ask a few questions and seek some advice. So I just got a new horse, an 8yo Mountain Pleasure mare, who is considered green broke. She is the first gaited horse i've ever owned, and it's a whole new experience. She reminds me of my moms former mare Magic, she's a dozer on the trails, and truly loves to be out on them, the issue is she was kept in a herd of about 30 horses/mules/donkeys/hinnys. And her training was sort of rushed when she was 4yo, it really only touched the basics before she was used as broodmare. The way her breeder explained it to me was, there were several days in the roundpen, then 2-3 rides in the roundpen, then 3-4 rides out on the trails. Then she was bred to their stud. Her owner only rode her maybe 4-5 times the whole time he owned her, and when she was ridden it was only about an hour. And he said she was rather buddy sour or barn sour.
Now i've had her for about 2 1/2 weeks now, and we've been brushing up on ground manners, and saddling. I've ridden her 4 times, 3 out of 4 were nice 2hr long rides. She's rather cinchy, and of course walks away when I try to mount up, and she thinks she can just turn around and head back to the herd, but I correct her with a circle, and then straight to where we're headed, and a light smack on the rump with the reins. Once she's away from everyone, she's perfect. Couldn't ask for a better horse. Now when I try to ask her to gait she won't, she will gait going down hill, but I can't get her to gait on a level or going up hill. I'm still new at this.
When I ask her to gait, she will trot, and won't gait.
Her gait is nice, very smooth, and nice correct 4-beat. I have yet to try her at a canter. How can I ask her to gait more often?
Thank you for your advice!!