While I'm waiting for the ice to melt... How would you speed one up?
I have no idea! Even my Fox Trotter is a go-go-go machine. Except when she's going out, because she's bit barn sour. I know with her I have to keep squeezing and releasing constantly to get to to anything other than a dog walk away from home. I've actually been thinking of trying spurs, which is kind of funny, because parallel or towards home I can hardly keep her at a walk.
I would try squeezing and releasing when the horse moves a bit faster. But I'm a gaited newbie myself so I really don't know.
I love the Standardbred. I have actually never seen one in "real life." We don't have harness racing in Arizona and Standardbreds don't seem to be common. But Izzy my Fox Trotter was doing a slower version of that pace yesterday when I was riding her with friends and they were cantering. Normally she will canter too, but I think the footing wasn't to her liking and she was just pacing away to their canter.
Look at the video of Midnight Sun here: Tennessee Walking Horse - Midnight Sun #410751, home page by Walkers West
I don't know why they don't show them like that anymore. Everyone has heard of Midnight Sun, including me, but I never saw a video of him until yesterday. What a fabulous, non-exaggerated Walker. I'm not a show person, but I really feel this is what they should be striving for. Gorgeous horse! You could ride that anywhere! Not exaggerated, not freaky, just smooth and gorgeous and very "natural" compared to what the show walkers have turned into today. The big lick walkers are a freak show.
I just assumed they had always been that way. Not true!