Originally Posted by momo3boys
He has only been undersaddle a few times, (he is only just turned 3), and each time he has tried to gait, but tripped and turned to a trot. (because he didn't have the muscles or balance?) In the field he NEVER trots, unless it is one step or two in a transition. Does that answer your question Nate?
Each horse is different, I've spent 6 months to certify a horse, and most recently had my 2yo mare certified in 15 days. Him being 3 is no problem to ride 5-6 times a week for 20 or 30 minutes. Take about 10-14 days and walk him, don't try to bump him up, just walk, head down, "plow walk"...If he can't get a good feeling of that with someone on his back then you're only wasteing his time and yours both. After that ask him to get up a little bit, then see what he does, if he's trotty ride trim his front, put shoes on the back, if he's pacy put shoes on the front (with toe) and trim the back...if you're comfortable with him outside a round pen or enclosed area, trotty: "gait" him down hill, walk him uphill, pacy: walk downhill, "gait" uphill...
What bit have you had in his mouth? 9 times out of 10 a RMH that wont "gait" can be attributed to a bit or their feet.