I recently got a new client who has two horses that need ridden. One is a gypsy vanner and the other a missouri fox trotter. Both are types of horses don't normally deal with. I got alone with the Gypsy good but this Trotter has me confused.
She is very disrespectful. She kept getting in my space, not respecting me when I told her to move in the crossties or in hand, and when she finally did move wouldn't move where I wanted her. She seems like a kind mare but she's just pushy.
I tried to do groundwork with her but she just kept yanking on the long line and not listening to me. As I would normally do in these situations, I roundpenned her.
Now she didn't act anything out of the ordinary for a disrespectful horse. It was rough, she wouldn't turn into me, and when I said "whoa" there was no stop and when she did stop and turn in she immediately lost interest and went away. I got two turns into me but never got her full attention.
My question is this: The owner stepped in, said she was being crazy, and that she was told to never round pen a gaited horse. She said she talked to gaited horse trainers who said that only made them crazy and would mess up their legs.
I have no experience with gaited horses so by owner's wishes I did not pursue this.
What do you guys think? Disrespectful horse, my instinct is that she needs a roundpen. Mare doesn't have a clue what groundwork is, and she acted just like any other disrespectful quarter horse I'd normally deal with at first. My gut says we just need to get past that hump, but what can I do if the owner doesn't want that happening? Is it really bad to roundpen a gaited horse?