Saddlebag - yup if you read my last couple posts, she has some seizure problems and the other day we found her doing a split in her stall, so ya she's a bit sore. We didn't make her do anything but walk for no more than 20 minutes. Her hind legs are both pretty hitchy from her initial injury, lots of scar tissue build up, hoping this new exercising will help relieve some of that.
Eventually I'd like to see a video of your beautiful mare being ridden. I really like her. She reminds me of an Arab/paint gelding a friend of mine used to have named Splash. While he wasn't gaited, he still moved like a caterpillar :P He was also marked similarly.
Well I know dogs arent like horses but my dog got hit by a truck and broke his shoulder and now he has a shorter front leg (vet messed up while settingn it!) and he will trot but he will canter/run a lot more as I think it feels better. So maybe with the hurt legs it feels better to gait then walk? It looks VERY sore when walking. To me she looks like a TWH I had one and she just reminds me of the way he would walk/head set/ move. Maybe a TWH cross? My TWH would walk/trot/gait/canter/gallop..
Good thinking, but I don't think so this is a long standing habit of hers the most recently injury is only a week or so old. Honestly she's becoming a danger to herself in her stall >.< I think getting her out will do her some serious good.
Equi, next time I hop on I'll see if I can get someone to tape it
One thing I have noticed that is sort of different with gaited horses (at least the ones I have ridden, mostly Fox Trotters and TWH's) is that rein contact means GO.
To get my mare to walk I have to keep a very loose rein, which doesn't always work when she gets hyped up because I have to check her speed constantly. But basically she has been trained that loose rein=walk (when she's calm anyway) and rein contact=gait.
So sometimes even though the horse is going, going, going, to get them to walk you sort of have to give them a loose rein and then check their speed when they break into gait. Because constant rein pressure means "GO" to them. I assume they are trained to gait with contact so the minute you pick up contact they think that is the cue to gait.
Harley, because at our location we don't have the option unfortunately. We are renting our property, we are a very small non-profit rescue and every stall is full. She also has melt downs when she's outside. She stands at her gate and calls, if we don't bring her in she bombs around over and over again, stopping at the gate each time.
She can't go out next to any of our big horses without getting in fights, she can go next to the ponies (she likes to protect them) - But it's very difficult to put her out. She will stay in her field all day long if her little girl is with her though, unfortunately the little girl has a home and family that needs her too :P
Trail - maybe! I always start with using my seat then add rein pressure to stop. She definitely could be trained that way. Personally I often (unintentionally) pre-cue my horses to canter by shortening my reins >.< whoops! So I can see how easily a horse could learn that.
Found the source of her lameness, she had an abscess in that right front, just starting to ooze today. Hopefully she'll feel better tomorrow. :) On a cooler day I'll try and ride her but today was just way too hot - on vacation for a week too :P But the little girl practiced a few walk-trot-walk transitions with her today, just enough to see how she'd do, she did GREAT.
She's funny with the bit though, we have a myler snaffle, the type that rotates the side you pull, not sure the name. She seems the most comfortable with this one, all the others she can't even stand just sitting in her mouth, she fusses for hours. This one she's relaxed with. She gives fairly quickly to the right but to the left she just chews and chews and gapes her mouth open but doesn't give to the pressure. Pressure on both reins, she turns right. And yes, of course, we've had her teeth checked. They're a horrible mess from biting her wall all day (check the other forum on her) but none appear painful and her bars look good. She does appear to have some damage on her tongue but it's old and doesn't seem to be painful anymore. (clearly she had some nasty bits in her mouth before). I was considering trying some bitless options with her, but the other owner of the rescue thinks they don't work and isn't really open to trying >.<
Not sure what I'm asking - just curious what anyone thinks on the matter or what they'd consider working on with her? We've tried a number of bits on her, curbs and snaffles, single and double jointed and some solid bar mullen mouth ones. I have no idea what type of bit she'd used in the past but I doubt she responded to that considering the damage to her tongue.