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  • Horse suddenly gone lazy
  • Horses that paces a mile race has speed in beginning then last quarter of race slows pace

 
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    03-14-2011, 05:21 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Suddenly, the Pace is Gone?

Weird thing happened this weekend with my pacey little horse. We were at a CTR, warming up on a Friday. We decided to do a little three or four mile trail to stretch out the horses legs. I was riding with my BO, who has a Walker. This horse was doing a little flat walk and I was trying to keep up. Baby Girl was being lazy and wanted to pace. I was fed up with it, spun her in in a circle, backed her up a good ways, and told her to WALK. And it worked.

Baby Girl walked out and ahead of this other horse with speed. It was so fast was I sure she had to be step pacing at least, but her head was nodding and I looked at her shadow. It was 100% walk...

After that, something clicked or cracked in that horse's head. She didn't pace for the rest of Friday. We started out first competive day Saturday. She offered to pace many five times over 20 odd miles and for a few steps, but corrected herself and went back to a walk.

I asked her to speed up (I have a cue that says she can break gait and do something else, if we need more speed for whatever reason). She didn't even pace THEN. She trotted... She never trots. She always paces hard when I give her permission.

No pace for 15 miles on Sunday either. Only run walk and trot...

It's just weird. This critter had been a pacing machine up until this point. Now she's "cured".
     
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    03-16-2011, 05:30 PM
  #2
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
Weird thing happened this weekend with my pacey little horse. We were at a CTR, warming up on a Friday. We decided to do a little three or four mile trail to stretch out the horses legs. I was riding with my BO, who has a Walker. This horse was doing a little flat walk and I was trying to keep up. Baby Girl was being lazy and wanted to pace. I was fed up with it, spun her in in a circle, backed her up a good ways, and told her to WALK. And it worked.

Baby Girl walked out and ahead of this other horse with speed. It was so fast was I sure she had to be step pacing at least, but her head was nodding and I looked at her shadow. It was 100% walk...

After that, something clicked or cracked in that horse's head. She didn't pace for the rest of Friday. We started out first competive day Saturday. She offered to pace many five times over 20 odd miles and for a few steps, but corrected herself and went back to a walk.

I asked her to speed up (I have a cue that says she can break gait and do something else, if we need more speed for whatever reason). She didn't even pace THEN. She trotted... She never trots. She always paces hard when I give her permission.

No pace for 15 miles on Sunday either. Only run walk and trot...

It's just weird. This critter had been a pacing machine up until this point. Now she's "cured".
well crap I really thought you were going to tell me a trick to get mine to stop pacing..lmao..ill try what you did but I don't think that will work...im glad yall got it together.
     
    03-16-2011, 06:41 PM
  #3
Yearling
The key is consistent and slow pushing! ;)

Is she ready to kick butt in the show ring with me on her back? ;DD

I'll ask my trainer what's the deal. Generally you *don't* want them to change from a pace to a trot magically. Sounds a little hinky to me.
     
    03-17-2011, 01:24 PM
  #4
Foal
I have heard that some horses will pick up on another horse's gait. I guess because they hear the footfall. Don't know if this is true, but maybe that's what happened with your girl.

Congratulations on getting good gait, no matter what the reason. Isn't it fun?!!
     
    03-17-2011, 10:59 PM
  #5
Green Broke
It does sound a little weird. I certainly wasn't anything to do with being sore or lame. We had vets all over her all weekend. *shrug* She is all of a sudden decided, "Hey, let's not pace! I LIKE gaiting!" Fishy... I tell ya, she snapped. She learns in snaps, so I'm not too surprised. Just a weird thing to snap at.

Ha ha, I'm sure she could! The key is to get her to do it in an arena without a ton of other horses to "race". Crazy quarter Arab.


Diego, I have been trying to get her to gait for three months using the fast walk-flatwalk-runwalk method of progressive training. So I've been working and encouraging her to gait. It's been a looong process.

It does feel pretty nice. A little slow for canter-happy me, but nice. I just like the feeling I get that I'm going it correctly.
     
    03-18-2011, 02:38 AM
  #6
Yearling
Naw, doesn't sound like she's hurting, just like she kinda picked it up? Gaited horses are crazy butts.

Don't you go teachin' Nighty to trot. :P Got enough trouble with that pace..
     
    03-19-2011, 12:20 AM
  #7
Green Broke
I'll be teaching Nighty all kinds of crazy gaits. She'll trot, fox trot, walk on her front legs, rack backwards...
     

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