Originally Posted by Wallee
I know some would disagree I am sure but I will say this, You don't want your walker to be "trotting." that's a no no ha ha. If he is trained to gait so to speak or do the running walk/slow or speed rack. Then over time he will develop a faster 4 beat gait. With muscling the gait can become faster and faster. I have seen many walkers that would do a 8 to 10 mph gait all day. Now as far as a breakdown of the different gaits I will let someone more experienced with the gaited breeds fill ya in. But I definitely think trotting wouldnt be good and cantering is up for debate and I myself want to know if cantering my walker is a good or bad thing?
Walle, I too had questions about my twh and a lovelly bunch of people on a group on face book qued me in... its Bradley Dicks chat for twh... search it on facebook and ask him. He's on there all the time and I mean these guys are top knotch twh trainers there very nice and helpful as I understand. They told me that if your twh is seasoned or trained and has been for many years cantering is fine. If you want to canter him, although if he's in training or young you want him to walk everywhere. I guess when they train these horses they do it on one strip or lane and walk for 100 miles at least ( not at one time) then they ask the twh to step it up, thus training him to gait he does this becuse he's not in a hurry to go anywhere. Yea im shure theres more to training a show horse I was asking simple questions about my trail horse in training. Hope this helps as im new to the breed but I do know there are many people there that will help with your questions I ask about shoes... they said many of there trail horses are barefoot. Or shoe'd like a normal horse, its all the show stuff that gets confusing but just readiing there post makes a lot more sence then being left in the dark... as for speed walking... that's completely diffrent then racking and as I understand. If your showing you don't want a rack...(unless that's what your showing in racking not there natral running walk) a rack I think of it like a high step.. id go to you tube and tipe in both and see the diffreces. Theres also a fox trot that's what a mft does its cantering in the hind walking in the front. I know more about mft because I have had one for 9 years and met trainers like the ones on bradley dicks chat that helped me unerstand. Any whoot I know I didnt answer your questions but I knew who could =) hope I helped! And they did say if I wanted my twh to trot so be it. However its not what there breed is meant to do. So I guess its up to you if you want him gaiting, I heard theres many twh out there with no real training... (gaited training) many don't know a lick of it! That amazed me... but im trying to teach my boy what he's bead to do.