But we are getting better :)
I try to avoid everything that's too pacey (=swinging sideways) since I want an even 4 beat. And now most of the time I can just gait him slowly on hanging reins without him speeding up or changing the beat, then I could speed up and go pretty fast without getting much more pacey (=still a very clear 4 beat and not much sideway swinging at all) still on loose and hanging reins. And slow him down easily. :) I can let him gait really, really fast too but then there is a chance he'll break off to either canter, trot or pace if I'm not very careful...
But it still happens that he choses the stepping pace or trots (especially trots when he's getting tired and it's too slow to canter or rack fast). Or that I feel some unusual or irregular beat in it.. Oh well. :)
I really don't think Crow is sore, just not having the strength yet :P
Maybe he just nered to build up more gaiting muscles? Gait him untill he's starting to get tired, but before he trots, and then let him just walk? Well, after he stopped being sore tho..
Crow is funny with another thing too.. I can walk him normally. Then he slowly speeds up and floats into that slow gait, smoothly speeds up to a fater gait, then if I don't stop him, he sneaks in just a slight canter-beat in the gait.. and before I know it I'm at a fullblown, fast canter and just sit like ''how the h did this happen?!" xD
It took quite a long time before I managed to notice this behaviour before he was already gaiting :P
It's harder for trotting horses, they can't just sneak into new gaits that smoothly xD