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        07-29-2014, 03:25 PM
      #1
    Foal
    New TWH pacing!

    Hi,

    I recently purchased a 12 year old TWH gelding who is very handsome and has wonderful ground manners. I have rode him about 6 times (I have had him almost two weeks) and have not had a smooth ride yet. When I tried him out I tried him out on a two track trail ride and around a "block" to see how he reacted to traffic etc. At that time, I did get some smoothness from riding him very slow, but realized later he was doing a stepping pace. On the trail he has been pacing consistently no matter what I try to do. I feel like I am riding my Quarter horses again! Ugh! I have always owned MFT's so owning a TWH is new to me, but I have rode many times my friends TWH and never had a problem. He hits the ground on his front end very hard especially going downhill and the ride is very bouncy. Previous owner saids he has a fast and slow rack but I have yet to see this or if I tried to push him up to go faster he gets more uncomfortable. He is such a sweet boy, but at 59 years I have a bad back and hips. The pacing has caused that to flare up again. How easy would it be at his age to fix this or is it fixable and I should consider another horse? Thank you!
         
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        07-29-2014, 03:36 PM
      #2
    Foal
    There's lots of information about this subject on the board, might need to do a search. I have the same problem with my TWH and my STB, lol. It seems like slowing them down is the only thing that helps me Good luck!
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        07-29-2014, 04:26 PM
      #3
    Foal
    You can change your horses stride by how you ride in the saddle if you look around in western pleasure extended trot or extended walk you might find something
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        07-29-2014, 05:13 PM
      #4
    Yearling
    How is your saddle fitting? I was riding my TWH in an ill fitting saddle that wasn't letting him have the right shoulder movement and he had the worst trot. I put him in a specially fit gaited horse saddle and he was smooth as glass.
         
        07-29-2014, 05:27 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Gizmo    
    How is your saddle fitting? I was riding my TWH in an ill fitting saddle that wasn't letting him have the right shoulder movement and he had the worst trot. I put him in a specially fit gaited horse saddle and he was smooth as glass.
    I was wondering about that as well, but I had borrowed the owners saddle that had been custom maded for him and still got pacing. I than rode in another saddle that I was sure fit, pacing and than today rode in another saddle (which we adjusted several times to see if something would click), pacing. Very frustrating. I am going to contact the owner and see if she has had the same problem and see if she has any suggestions. Thanks!
         
        07-29-2014, 06:40 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    No way I'd suggest you try and fix it yourself. It could be an easy fix, or, more than likely a tough one for a 12 yr old. In either case, with a bad back, you could really mess it up, with all the rough riding you could have trying to fix it.

    As cheap as horses are, I'd suggest a new horse. Only this time test ride it a lot before buying and ride in a lot of different conditions.
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        07-30-2014, 08:32 AM
      #7
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    No way I'd suggest you try and fix it yourself. It could be an easy fix, or, more than likely a tough one for a 12 yr old. In either case, with a bad back, you could really mess it up, with all the rough riding you could have trying to fix it.

    As cheap as horses are, I'd suggest a new horse. Only this time test ride it a lot before buying and ride in a lot of different conditions.
    Yes, Unfortunately I was thinking the same thing. I just learned that he had a history of pacing. :( I would have never bought him if I knew that. I too was worried that at his age of 12 if it would be harder to get him to stop pacing. So disappointing since everything else about him is so nice. Thank you for your input!
         
        07-30-2014, 09:01 AM
      #8
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by katyrose53    
    Yes, Unfortunately I was thinking the same thing. I just learned that he had a history of pacing. :( I would have never bought him if I knew that. I too was worried that at his age of 12 if it would be harder to get him to stop pacing. So disappointing since everything else about him is so nice. Thank you for your input!
    Since the vast majority of Walkers are of pacing blood that's likely what you'll get when you buy one. If you want to sell the horse and get another you'll likely run into the exact, same problem.

    Breaking up the pace has been discussed many times in this forum and there are multiple approaches. Some work better than others. Older horses are more difficult than others. This makes the problem more complex.

    One thought, though. You seem to indicate that his slower gait is not uncomfortable. Is this correct? If so you might have an option to just ride more slowly. A common fault in gaited riders is to demand more speed than the horse can produce and still stay in proper form. If you override the form you'll get a less satisfactory gait. It's possible to train the horse to hold their form at a faster cadence but that takes time and correct riding. And there will be an upper "speed" limit. Exceed the limit and penalty is discomfort.

    One way to get an objective evaluation is to have someone video you riding the horse. Don't "scrub" your normal riding habits for the camera. That really won't help. Instead ride as you normally do through the range of gaits the horse performs. Then review the video and see what you're actually dealing with. You might find out some things that will help you accomplish your goals.

    Good luck in your program.

    G.
         
        07-30-2014, 11:53 AM
      #9
    Weanling
    The wife and I both have back problems also. We found the racking horse to be much better on our backs than the running walk(TWH).

    The rack is the signature gait of several breeds AND that of many unregistered horses.

    The key is to find a horse that has a natural gait that's easy on your back. Just because they have a running walk or rack, doesn't mean they will all be the same. A good racking horse will give you both fast and slow gaits. And almost all racking horse can easily be taught the running walk, for an even slower gait. Normally, the slow running walk is a slower gait than the slow rack.
         
        07-30-2014, 12:36 PM
      #10
    Foal
    I've got a forward RMH that will pace when he wants to go and I try to hold him back or ask him to do too much ring work. Probably not the right thing to do, but when he does this I'll let him canter or run barrels and poles for 10-15 minutes and then he'll settle down into a nice rack that I want. I haven't corrected the behaviour but I've learned to deal with it. Perhaps the same thing could ge accomplished with a lunge line. Be patient. It takes a while for a new horse and a new owner to figure each other out. Get help if you need it.
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