Join Date: May 2009
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
I have a friend who has TWH, and it seems to be a general concensus that if you don't "nurture" the running walk, they actually do lose it. Jessi was never trained to do a running walk, so she did normal gaits her entire life. If Sonja tried asking for a running walk, she'd start pacing.
She finally sat down and dedicated herself to teaching her and now she'll do it. But it was the same with the fillies, they had to "teach" them to do it on command. However, the one filly flat out does not trot. Before she did her running walk with a rider, she'd pace everywhere she went.
But I agree with SpiritRiverJordan, unless you already HAVE a TWH and you're interested in Dressage, don't buy a horse unsuitable for the disciplines you enjoy. TWH have a very different conformation then "regular" horses which is why they gait. You may get lucky and find one that trots with ease, but it's a real gamble.
I hope God tells her to smash her computer with a sledgehammer.