1. What do I need to be sure and ask to find the right trainer?
2. Molly has a fast pasted walk. Can I slow that down?
3. I see horses drop their heads when a rider is on their back, how do you achieve that?
4. And for the trail riders out there is a fast walk a problem for trails? Just pleasure trails not competive trails. (Trails and campouts are what I would like to be a regualr part of life in the future.)
5. When we bought her we also liked the idea of using her as a broodmare. Mostly for ourselves, but I wonder if selling a colt would be an option? She is a mostly black B&W paint. She however is not registered and with her having been a rescue we don't have any clue of her bloodline. What do you think? For us we just love the animal, in ready some seem to love the bloodline? Would it make a differance to breed her to pedigree?
Thanks to all of you. You have really been so much help. I know I will being coming back everyday.
1. I would simply explain your position, and try a trainer out. If you like them and their method with the horse, stick with it. Are you riding western or english? That is VERY important to clarify, the two are very different. Most trainers CAN train both, but you'll be better off finding someone who is specialized in one or the other.
2. Yes, that can be slowed down. A trainer can help you with that.
3. Another thing the trainer can help you with. It sounds like based on how you want a slow walk and her head low, you'd be better off with a western trainer...
4. Fast walk isn't a problem, but you need to make sure she doesn't prance on the trail and be antsy.. if a horse gets ansty it's dangerous. Usually horses will walk slower if they are with horses on a trail that are calm and good trail horses themselves.
5. If you don't have papers for her, don't breed her. Horses are having a HUGE population problem, and since you don't know WHAT is in here background you don't want to breed her. That's my opinion though. Breeding needs to be left to people who have horses with quality bloodlines so that conformationally correct horses will be the result, not horses that you don't know the background and could possibly have issues health wise...
Hope that helps...