Going from show ring to hacking

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        12-28-2012, 03:47 AM
    Going from show ring to hacking

    So I have a show horse we are retiring but we don't want to sell him so I want to use him for pleasure hacking for myself, but to take him from showring to pleasure riding I'm not so sure as how to do , do I just keep riding him out until he gets use no the new order of taking the gaits or what ?
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        12-28-2012, 09:35 AM
    Howzit Inedine, some more information from you would be helpful before I give advice-is it the saddlebred horse you have listed here? How is the horse's temperament? Has this horse been used to hack around in the past? If so, how did the horse react to it?
        12-28-2012, 10:24 AM
    No not the one on I wil upload a photo of him now, I doubt he has been used for hack before I got him when he was 8 , his quite calm but his not a dead calm he wil know and then wanna go his own way but he won't try and throw me off . I rode him out today for the 1 st time and he reacted well his still. A bit confused with the gaits but I think that will go with time once one twice he wanted to turn around to go home but once I push him with my heels he goes forward
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        12-28-2012, 10:43 AM
    I'd just go slow with him, and make it fun if you can. A lot of the time horses that are used to the pressure of the show ring need time to readjust to the different expectations of trail riding. As far as gaiting, I haven't a lot of experience with gaited horses so I hope someone else will chime in here about that.
        12-28-2012, 10:47 AM
    I'm going to take it very slow hi likes looking around and stopping to look at things he doesn't know like sheep so I just let him , go with his flow
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        12-28-2012, 10:51 AM
    Originally Posted by Inedine    
    I'm going to take it very slow hi likes looking around and stopping to look at things he doesn't know like sheep so I just let him , go with his flow
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    Excellent! I have found that as long as you ride confidently, your horse will happily follow suit. Sure it takes time but I think it is more often then not a happy adjustment for horses to make. Trail riding is just seeing a bit more nature. Enjoy!

    I have ridden 5 gaited horses on the trails and it was so comfortable to be slow gaiting down the trail rather then trotting.
        12-28-2012, 10:54 AM
    Hehe he was a 5 gaited so his slow gait is nice his very big an
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        12-28-2012, 10:56 AM
    Hehe I noticed coz he was a 5 gaited horse , his very big about 17.5hh so his stride is nice and long
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