Originally Posted by Jacksmama
How old is he? My KMSH gelding was VERY trotty at first! So much so I despaired of ever getting a consistent gait, but I got some advice and training sessions with a friend and we figured it out. For quite a while all we did was concentrate on transitions, different speeds, etc... all at a gait. While it's true that a knowledgable rider can usually get the gait whether they're trotty or pacey, I personally don't want to have to constantly work to keep him gaiting so I "set" him in the gait. We're kind of at the same point with the canter as you, or tranter as we call it,lol. Sounds like you're well on your way though, good luck!
He's a 5 year old Morgan/Paso Fino cross. He's only really done trail riding and driving, and mostly has just been allowed to do whatever he wants as far as gaits go (trot vs corto).
He's my first gaited horse, and I wasn't looking for one when in search, but I just fell in love with him. At first the whole teaching him to gait thing seemed overwhelming - I couldn't even figure out when he was gaiting or not - LOL. But after a while I started figuring out his feet and what he was doing, and really encouraged him when he gaited (he loves praise - if I throw a fuss over him, he'll do anything for me). Now I can get it much more consistently, and if I get a trot I can usually bring him back to a walk and re-ask, and get a gait in two or three tries. He doesn't have the muscles to keep it up for long yet, though - although yesterday on a judged pleasure ride he did quite a bit of gaiting over the 10 miles.
I haven't even had him a month yet, so I'm really happy with the progress we've made. If I get to a road block, I've been in contact with a Paso trainer who I could take him to for a few sessions. But as long as we keep moving forward, I'm not worried.