Walking horse help
I just wondered if anyone could help me with my friends walking horse. I have a saddlebred, and pretty much know nothing about walking horses, and she wants to start to show him. She would like to do both western and saddleseat. I will try to get some pictures of him and post them if I can figure out how too. I'm also trying to find the pictures from the one horse show we went too.
So here we go... I need to know what we can do to get him to flex and set his head, and also what is the proper head set for a walking horse? I've looked at a lot of the pictures and have a picutre in my head of what I think it's supposed to look like. He has a really straight neck, like my friend looked at one of his pictures and had no idea he was a walking horse. Right now she is riding him in a smooth snaffle.
I have a hard time trying to tell the differnce between the gaits. I can tell for sure when he is pacey, and racking, but that is about it. She said she has a hard time getting him to uh... flat walk I think. I've been trying to read on some websites and stuff, but she wants him to get his head set without using any "contraptions". I know what to do with my saddlebred, but don't want to do anything with him that would hinder is gait, and mess him up. Should I add he is the most pig headed horse in the world, I thought my saddlebred was pig headed. Any advise would be great cause i'm kind of in the dark, and she just wants to show at our small local shows nothing big. I mean any advise on bits, what she should do on the ground, in saddle, anything will help.
Oh don't know if it matters but he is ten and has only been trail ridden, and pretty much has never been asked to set his head or anything.