I have to vent. I know you gaited people understand. I've had my TWH for 8 years, she's now 12. Four of those years were spent at a gaited non show barn. I took some lessons now and then but not frequently. I've ridden for 28 years, all styles. My BF is also a gaited horse owner. I know what a flat walk is and how it feels. I currently work on consistency. My horse does not have long toes. I ride in a Circle Y Barrel saddle, I find it easy to balance in . It fits the horse, and the saddle is placed behind her shoulder.
I meet this woman at a new barn. She's had her 4 year old TWH for 1 year. I watched her ride one day, and I said to her-nice rack! It was No nod and a pretty short stride 4 beat. She was offended that I called it a rack! She says it was a flat walk.
She sees me ride, and says that my horse needs a gaited saddle because I'm not sitting right. My saddle is too deep. It doesn't fit the horse. I put her saddle on my horse and it's so wide that there's no resistance to my hand under the saddle. She says even if it's too big, it fits my horse so much better. My horse felt choppy and pacey, but this lady says that my horse is finally flat walking (!!!!!????!!!!!).
In my saddle she nods nicely, her hind hooves come right under my seat. She flops her ears.
I could scream. This lady is clueless, but a know it all. Her instructor stands right next to her and agrees!!!! The instructor has many years of good English experience, and jumping. She says she works with gaited horses too, but now I guess I'm seeing that she may not know gaited horses very well.
I need some good come-backs to this lady's comments. Know what I mean?