Originally Posted by Darrin
Also, gaiting takes muscle. If she hasn't been ridden much over the past year then you'll have to build her back up. For now, stick to a dog walk and don't worry about gaiting. That will build her up. Once she has some muscle and you've taken at least a few lessons you can worry about gaiting.
Good advice. This is what I will do. She definitely can use some muscle building and I feel sure some of this is because she has gotten lazy. It's pretty apparent when Darrin or I show her something "new" you can tell this is not her first rodeo. ---Btw, She is 7 years old.
She is smooth when I'm just riding her. I just don't really know what is going on under me. I need to learn that stuff but it will come in time.
You have no idea how happy I was to see all the replies were, though kind, correcting me.