QUESTION: Can a TWH just walk, SLOWLY and not go into a gait? (and is that called a dog walk?)
Love this TWH, but he's too FAST! As soon as my butt hits the saddle, he takes about 2 steps, goes right into flat walk, then onto running walk, and onto canter! I'm a beginner, and lose control of the reins and just hang on for dear life to the saddle!
I'm in my mid 50s and have taken a bad fall, already. Now I'm afraid to get back on him.
Yes, I know. I am taking some lessons to work on ME. And I'm having someone else ride him for exercise, but this "trainer" knows NOTHING about Walkers and is very HARD HANDED on the horses mouth--even though he using a plain snaffle bit--no shanks--poor horses has raw places on both sides of his mouth.
I know NOTHING about this TWH's history...Maybe he was "taught" to go fast and not WHOA. At first he wouldn't stand to be mounted.
I did ride him about 4 times on trails before I got hurt. He ALWAYS had to be in FRONT! Wouldn't just stand still, while we riders talked. It was just always a struggle. I could slow him down with the shanked bit I had, before he could get to the canter! After I learned about shanks I didn't want to use it anymore.
Any opinions? Help? There are no TWH trainers within an hour of me.