I am purchasing a 7 yr old MFT. Only able to ride once, felt pacey and back was hallowed out. Previous owner didn't gait horse. Talked to the trainer of the horse and said he did a nice running walk. Is this horse to old to train to collect up round out his back and start to gait agian?
This is a very good tempered horse and want to give him a chance.
I would give him a chance and include a lot of patience
I would ask the trainer if this horse can hold its running walk for an extended period.
I only say that because the best way to tell when a gaited horse's skeletal system is out of whack is to ask them to hold their intermediate gait.
If they can only go a a few yards before getting really choppy or starting to trot, they may need an adjustment. I learned that first hand
Also, trimming is everything. No need for long toes, no need to change the horse's angles. Just let it "run with what it brung", so-to-speak
So yes, if you really like the horse, feel a connection, and trainer says it can do the running walk, I sure would give it a chance.
It shouldn't take too much time at all to get the horse to do what it is genetically programmed to do in the first place