Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
Welcome to the gaited world.. :P
I can't say I'm an expert, I've ridden icelandic horses some, only. Then I bought a standie and then he was gaited.. which I had no idea of when I bought him, unbroke.. :P
So we're figuring things out together.. at the moment my horse won't trot with a rider, a while ago he would trot, but then he easily switched from the gait to the trot. So I need to learn how to let him know when to trot and when to gait... I've tried different speed, the problem is that he can gait in walk-speed as well as easily run past other galloping horses in rack (or ''flying'' two beat pace, but he usually racks and I don't encourage the pace at the moment... we have enough issues as it is :P ) so getting him to trot by slowing down or speed up is difficult, to say the least. I want him to both be able to trot and gait, because both his trot and gait are nice and the trot will help keeping his gait from being too lateral and so on. But how to teach him to only gait when I sit back in that weird gait-seat I've used and learnt..? x)
Anyway, back to your horse.. as far as I know, the reason not to trot a horse is because it can confuse them on if they should gait or trot. TWH are able to trot (all horses are) and I personally believe it's good training for them to trot once in a while too. But as you can see, I havn't figured how to get the right gait at the right time yet :P
You shouldn't need any special tack or bit, if he's gaited he'll be able to gait no matter what, and with training he'll be good at it. Some horses need a little help ''finding'' their gait, but don't ask me how to do that.
You probably need to know how to put your weight in the saddle to encourage a gait, it's not difficult but I find it hard to explain here.
I have no idea how the QH part will affect.. I'm not sure that's something you can calculate anyway. :)
Good luck and try to find a trainer or someone with gaited horses that can help you.
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.