Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches View Post
I don't let anyone get on my horse who is a bully or who doesn't have soft hands. Or a beginner. This girl rides nicely and treats her own horse like gold.
The trainer is good with teaching jumping. Her students clean up at shows. She has many good qualities. But softening a horse may not be one of them. If the girl continues to be guided by this trainer, she will fail. A horse can't flatwalk with a stiff neck .
I don't know how many of you know gaits. The major difference between them and trotting horses is that the horse needs to nod in time with the gait. The gait has 4 equally spaced foot falls. Like any horse's walk only with pushing the horse a bit, the walk is the same, but the speed is like a trot. These horses also get to the point where they flop their ears and some clack their teeth with the rhythm. The stride is longer with the back legs stepping more under the horse. This is all in a rounded frame.
If you lift your hands, the horse inverts her roundness and racks which is a gait , 4 beat, but short steps. I guess I will be getting involved.
Well, I am not an expert on gaits, but the nodding you are refering to only applies to "Walker-bred" type horses. The "Racking-bred" like my RMHA, don't nod their head because they don't do the running walk like a TW.
I do work my Rocky in a round frame, because it actually improves his rack. If he hollows, he loses the quality of his rack and it gets choppy.
As far as I am aware, the only horses that need to get hollow to rack are the ones where the gait is more developed, as opposed to being totally natural. Breeds like the Saddlebred (often bred to have a hollow back), Arabians & even Morgans.
Are you wanting to use this trainer to win in jumping classes?
Because, IMO, a hunter/jumper, even if not in a perfect hunter frame, will always place over a gaited horse jumping perfectly, and the trainer is going to matter less than the horse (this excluding any rails knocked down).