It's not really a bold change, he usually chose to gait anyway :) But untill now I've worked to get him to trot too, since I like having horses that can trot, and since they're supposed to do it. And he does it nicely, just big, and I don't really like trotting anyways, not even before I got a gaited horse x) And I can't find a cue that works for getting trot at trot and gait at gait, not as it is now, definetly not without a saddle... It's just confusing us, so maybe I should let the rest of horse-sweden curse me and just go for the gait..
Naw, thank you! :) Sunny06:
Yeah, I think I'll discourage the trot, at least for now. Maybe later on, with a good saddle, I'll try to get it again.. but it's just confusing now, he needs to learn to gait properly first before I try to teach him all different kinds of cues... :3
I'm already cantering him, bareback ;) He has a lovely canter. If I do it too much tho I have to pay attention to not let him ''roll'' in the gait, he likes to pick up a canter-tact when he's eager, if I'm not careful. It's easy to correct, so I don't see it as a real problem.
Getting him to gait has never really been a problem, he prefers a gait instead of trot when you ride. Or did at first, but both my trainer and I have encouraged the trot (since, as I said, horses here are supposed to be able to trot under rider. Period. And the trot has some good qualities that's harder to get with only the gait.
) and now he tends to break off to a trot if he's tired or well.. just because he thinks that's good. He missed our attempts to teach him to trot at one seat and gait at the other. I normally get him back to the gait tho, a little difficult with that huge trot bareback, since it throws me off balance, but normally I get it back. If I'd have a saddle I'd probably manage to teach him the differense between a trot and a gait, but I'm just not sure it's worth it anymore, and if I want it later I'm quite sure I can get it then.
His gait isn't always perfect, so it needs work. Sometimes it's just.. I can't describe it. Heavenly, really, with selfcarriage, smooth and he obeys the mere thought if I want him to change anything like speed or so.. but a lot of the time it's either a stepping pace, a bit trotty or just not really right..
So I think I'll put my effort in getting the gait right, and discourage the trot. :)
One of my first pictures of us, it was before he learnt to trot under a rider ;) It's not his best gaiting, when it's at the best he carries himself way better which he didn't have the strength to do then, but it's the, as far as I can judge, best photo of his gait when it's the right beat.. Normally when he does the gait really nice, it's in the middle of the woods with no camera man.. :S Not too weird since that's where I usually ride and where there's space enough to let him go fast..
A more recent picture, I really need to let him go faster again. (I normally ride with a snaffle and always with a helmet, this was just a photoshoot) but this is how it tends to be now, less good.. well, I try to judge as well as I can.. but I think it's more trotty? Anyway.. more speed and a firmer ground fixes that.. then I just have to watch out for pace x)
Not very fun to see it's getting worse.. but what I really need is good pictures of his gait when he does it like he does in the woods.. not on grass or when he's all eager and rushy on a road and just runs.. :/ Anyone wanna come to sweden to take pictures for me? xD
And the trot.. also not as his normal trot.. and my seat is way off due to that saddle..I hate it.. >_>; It's the only trot-picture I have tho.. but that entire ride was a struggle between us, that's why the picture isn't honest..
It sounds like I'm just making excuses.. but it's really annoying to not have any pictures at all of when it's good or at least normal :(