Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Alabama Gulf Coast
• Horses: 0
What a relief!!!
Darrin, You are on the money. She is my first gaited horse. I am very inexperienced (gaited) other than riding a few fabulous times when I was much younger. I have actually found a trainer who came out and spent the whole weekend working with her on other things such as standing still for mounting, and some other ground work. I just felt that she has been dormant for longer than I have experience to pretend to train her myself.
The trainer and I have not really gotten into the details of her gait yet. He did invite my family and I to a horseshow where there were both show horses (of course) and just trail horses. He did this so I could point out what type of walk I would like to see my horse perform. - I told him I don't want all the fancy stuff, I just want a well behaved horse with a natural gait. I just want a smooth riding trail horse. He said "Perfect, we will discuss the details later and I will show you how to get her into and to hold her gait". So I figured that meant we would discuss it later. -- While at the show, I had wondered away from him and was mingling. Some people told me that my horse wasn't "walking right" and I needed to make her squat her hind end. -- I thought I would ask here since I had no idea what they meant and I am waiting until next week to allow the trainer to work on my learning the "gaiting thing".
What a relief to know that I don't need to figure out how to do that. I don't recall the times I rode being on a horse that "squatted" but my memory is not always that keen.
Palomine, Thank you for your input. Very helpful info. I am so happy to know that what she is doing now is probably correct. She is very smooth, I just need to learn what is happening under my rump.
Trailhorserider, As mentioned above, all I want is a well behaved, smooth trail horse. Sounds like it should be fairly simple. A happy medium.
Since our trainer said "perfect" when I described what I wanted, I feel like I will continue to be happy with his training of Bama and myself.
Some of the people at the show had me pretty worried that this was going to be a big complicated mess.. I guess I must have been speaking with the Big Lick 'ers. That would explain why I didn't sleep last night. I should have told my trainer, who's name is also Darrin, and he probably would have put my mind at ease.
Thank you all so much... :)
Last edited by TraceyAnn; 04-16-2012 at 09:34 PM.