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    01-10-2011, 11:26 AM
  #11
Weanling
I'm late to this thread...

But...

Have you actually rode him?

I have a lot of horses that will not just gait in the field, most of them trot in the field, a majority of those trot level, which I'm fine with b/c when they go undersaddle, they gait...

Before you worry about a stepping pace get a saddle on him and ride him

Nate
     
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    01-10-2011, 11:36 AM
  #12
Weanling
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?
     
    01-10-2011, 11:58 AM
  #13
Weanling
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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.

Nate
     
    01-10-2011, 12:03 PM
  #14
Yearling
Hccumminssmoke raises a good point, do you use a farrier with experience in gaited horses? That could definitely be contributing to his issues. I don't necessarily agree with the bit comment, but the feet for sure. Since he's only been under saddle a few times I am assuming you are using a snaffle?
     
    01-10-2011, 12:07 PM
  #15
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jacksmama    
hccumminssmoke raises a good point, do you use a farrier with experience in gaited horses? That could definitely be contributing to his issues. I don't necessarily agree with the bit comment, but the feet for sure. Since he's only been under saddle a few times I am assuming you are using a snaffle?
well think about it, put a wonder bit on a horse without bit experience, they are going to tuck their nose down and in, probably trot, put a high port 8" shank on a horse without much experience and get in their mouth, they are going to raise their head up, hollow out, and pace...

Nate
     
    01-10-2011, 12:16 PM
  #16
Weanling
He has only been ridden with a snaffle or a rope halter. His feet seem good, but there aren't a lot of gaited horse people in Mass so I don't know. He is pacey in the field and trotty under saddle. I have heard a lot about just walking him and he needs that anyway so I will try that today and see how he is. I have walked him up and down hills a lot this year before I put a saddle on him.

He really likes to move so we will work on slowing down and just walking long and low I guess.
     
    01-21-2011, 09:35 PM
  #17
Foal
Sounds like a case of he can't trust himself. He is young and like all young horses, does not have that experience of what it feels like to gait with extra weight on him and a bit in his mouth. Try doing some good, hard, trail work at a faster pace. Allow him to trot if he won't gait, because he will soon find it is much less energy to gait than trot. That's why the breed became so popular for long distance riding horses. Keep working on going up and down hills so he can find his center of balance with someone on him.

(and when I say this I know I will be verbally shot down instantly, but it is what I believe helps and it has helped my horses, so I'm just giving advice that you can choose whether or not to go along with, its okay if you don't)
I like to have a nice canter every once in a while with my rockies. It seems to stretch new muscles and gets them limber. Some people will tell you that this ruins them. Not true. They canter in the fields don't they? It might also let him burn some of that youngster steam.

Good luck my friend. And whatever happens, remember: Your on a Rocky :)
     
    01-22-2011, 02:00 PM
  #18
Foal
If a horse does not have the proper muscle development he can not gait properly. I rescued a 12 year old TWH that had two gaits, standing still and pacing. After he was healthy enough to ride we started dog walking a little over an hour a day. My first rule was to go in a straight line as little as possible. My second rule was to stay off flat ground as much as possible. We went in circles, serpentines and up and down hills. We spent a lot of time walking across uncut fields and in heavy sand. After 3 months I asked him to move up to a flat walk. As soon as he started to pace I dropped him back down to a dog walk. After 9 months he moved up into a rack on his own. My whole objective in the process was to develope muscles he needed to gait. Now when I go to the barn he racks accross the pasture.

Time, patience, a wet saddle pad, common sense and a little knowledge can go a long way in helping your horse. As strange as it may seem I think knowledge is the least important.
     

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