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post #1 of 12 Old 08-11-2012, 09:16 PM Thread Starter
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Ahhh, so excited!

Sorry if this isn't the right place to post this..
But, as you know, I've been having trouble with my TWH mare.
Today was my first lesson on her with a dressage trainer. She got me to be able to get her to pick up a trot, from a walk and keep going.
The only time this horse ever trots, is over poles.
I just found it interesting that letting her be lazy walking, and then asking, she paces. But getting her in form, she takes the trot right off.
Sorry, but this was the coolest lesson of my life :'D
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post #2 of 12 Old 08-11-2012, 09:20 PM
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Awesome! Good for you!
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-12-2012, 12:17 AM
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Congrats!!!

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Sorry if this isn't the right place to post this..
But, as you know, I've been having trouble with my TWH mare.
Today was my first lesson on her with a dressage trainer. She got me to be able to get her to pick up a trot, from a walk and keep going.
The only time this horse ever trots, is over poles.
I just found it interesting that letting her be lazy walking, and then asking, she paces. But getting her in form, she takes the trot right off.
Sorry, but this was the coolest lesson of my life :'D
Sounds like you have a trainer that can be really good for you and the horse! The trot is a gait that takes a lot of balance and many horses balk at it if they feel unbalanced. Having her collect up helps you and her to gain a better balance=an easier transition.

Post some big pics or a VIDEO! :p
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-12-2012, 07:55 PM
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I'm confused... TWHs aren't supposed to trot. Am I missing something?
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-12-2012, 08:22 PM
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Dont they do a 4 beat....

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I'm confused... TWHs aren't supposed to trot. Am I missing something?
I just thought that they added extra beats into a trot but it was still a trot.....right?? I dont know about TWH but I know collection helps most horses.

Figure this out and then let me know ;p
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No... the gait TWHs do is definitely NOT a trot. They do the flat walk, running walk and canter. The running walk is a 4 beat gait with only 1 hoof on the grund at a time. Extremely comfortable and smooth.
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post #7 of 12 Old 08-12-2012, 08:54 PM Thread Starter
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She isn't a well bred TWH. But she trots and canters like a normal, non gaited horse.
It's not so common, but yes, it's totally possible.
She can gait as well, but rarely does. She also trots on her own sometimes when turned out. So she is completely ok to be trotting rather than pacing or gating.

And, some TWH's are born trotters rather than pacers too. Just not so commonly.
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Ah, OK. I was just curious. Congrats! I had a TWH/QH cross gelding that could both trot & gait but I encouraged the gait, much more comfortable on long trail rides!
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Haha thanks! I've just had a lot of people say how I'm hurting her by trotting her.
But I'm pretty sure, that her picking it up right away when she was in good carriage, it's natural and fine. And gaiting is nice
I just want the trot because I'd like to do more dressage, and it's helping get her canter correct so we can start jumping again
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oh!

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No... the gait TWHs do is definitely NOT a trot. They do the flat walk, running walk and canter. The running walk is a 4 beat gait with only 1 hoof on the grund at a time. Extremely comfortable and smooth.
good to know....I always thought it was a four beat trot....but I know next to nothing about TWH, never had the pleasure of meeting a knowledgeable TWH person either :)
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