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    10-10-2010, 11:42 AM
Thank you all for great suggestions!

I am taking lessons, and having someone else ride Tango for now. NOT me, not yet. Tango hasn't been ridden but a dozen times in the last 9 months. Long story, but is basically a rescue horse. Owner left her husband and Tango. Hubby went to live with girlfriend and left Tango...friends fed Tango. I adopted him.

When I gain some confidence and learn what NOT to do, as well as what I should do....I'll try him again. I really do not want to give up on this guy, or me!

The day he took off and I fell I know now that I accidentally made him do that. I was nervous to begin with, I had the reins TOOOO loose, he started his running walk, I screamed, leaned forward (fetal position), and squeezed with my legs to HOLD on! EVERYTHING told him to run!

Thanks again for the input and thorough explanations of things I hadn't considered! I feel better about the BIT now.
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    10-10-2010, 12:01 PM
Glad you aren't going to give up. A lot of his problem may be that he is underworked. I am sure you will be back to gliding along on your boy in no time.

With such an open attitude towards riding, you will do great. Some of the opinions on here are a little on the harsh side. You took them all in stride. Good for you! Keep us posted on how things work out with your horse!
    10-10-2010, 12:06 PM
I own a twh myself and he is my first riding horse too and I am 42 years old. He is a lot like yours as far as impatient standing or being tied, and he does have some go. I agree that you should have some lessons on a calm horse and I found it really helped me to do tons of groundwork. The lessons really do transfer to the saddle. We learned a lot about each other on the ground. I almost gave up a couple times and probably would have if I didn't take lessons and have the support of wonderful mentors at the barn. Now everyone is freaking out because I am actually up on his back going out on the only took me about 10 months! :)
    10-10-2010, 02:35 PM
Originally Posted by churumbeque    
When I read your headline I thought to myself a beginner has no business with a walker. Then I read your post and you do have no business with a walker.
I think this is a completely unfair generalization of Tennesse Walkers. In this breed, like any other breed, every horse is different and they cover the whole span of being "kid broke" and perfect for beginners, and "insane" and horrible for anybody. There are horses out there that would be perfect for a beginner, and finding an honest seller and riding the horse ahead of time will help you find that horse.

There are a lot of options for you to become a more confident rider and hopefully to find a trainer who can help re-train your horse to go the way you want. If it was me though, I would considering selling the horse and finding a 20 year old "dead-head" to practice on and regain your confidence. A lot of people like the quicker, spunkier horses anyway, I bet you could trade.
    10-10-2010, 07:29 PM

Thanks for the inspiration! And GOOD for YOU! You're riding him! I have thought about selling my horse, and I have looked at other horses for sale. But I just keep HOPING one day I can ride Tango.

He's a sweetheart on the ground. I fall in love with him again every time I see him.
    10-10-2010, 07:32 PM
THANK YOU, Corinowalk! BTW, I love your John Wayne quote!
    10-11-2010, 01:14 PM
Thanks :)
Please keep posting about your progress and take it one step at a time! I spent many hours grooming and just grazing him too, time spent with a horse is never time wasted!
    10-17-2010, 08:00 PM
Whoa!!! Our very first horses.... A TWH and a RMH and I will say that both are great for beginners! I think this boils down to training and the individual horse NOT the breed. And..... the rider needs some lessons to gain confidence and learn how to communicate with the horse. Both of our horse are slow when we ask for slow and fast when we ask for fast. But, we had to learn how to ask and follow up with insist if required.
    10-17-2010, 08:12 PM
The mare I show is a DEADHEAD. Her flatwalk is the pace of a horse's normal walk, and her running walk makes me feel like I'm crawling compared to all the rackers in the show ring. :P She stands tied FOREVER. Her saddle falls off of her back, she just looks at it. She neighs when she sees me coming for her in the field, and stands at a respectful distance to let me come into her space to halter.

However, put a beginner on her, she PACES to no end. She needs strong, clear cues. I think that with Walkers, you HAVE to have a trainer working with you.

I am looking to move up and buy my own horse when I have the funds, but until then, I am riding only that mare(her brother, a champion racker I liked, was sold) under the guidance of my trainer. And even when I get my horse, my trainer will be riding it 30 min a day to help set gait, and she will ALWAYS be around when I ride.
    10-27-2010, 08:22 PM
I was new to walkers and fox trotters till about 5 years ago. Their way of moving is exhilerating to say the lease, they can really step out and move.
I personally love a horse that has energy and wants to go, but for someone nervous I can see where it could be overwhelming.
Take lessons on a calmer quieter horse. If you don't like your current trainer look for another.
When you do start riding your horse, just relax and don't get nervous the more you relax the more he'll walk off at the speed you want. Nerves definitely can make some horses go faster. Unless you have a fox trotter like my husband, he SLOWS down for anyone nervous, lol they can't get him to go any faster then a flatfoot walk, lol.

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