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post #1 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 12:15 PM Thread Starter
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Hate to admit it but I may need a trainer

I adore my new horse a Mft "Gus". This my first gaited horse.
He has 2 walks ANd a nice sitting trot. Then he goes into a pace gait. You can keep that one it is rough. He does the pace before going into the canter. I am not a pretty sight at that.
He is so dead broke I ride him with a light hackamore when my farrier came he says he had never seen a gaitef horse in a hackamore.
Where I live we don't. have alot of trainers that deal with gaited horses
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post #2 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
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Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Gus is going to beone of the besthorses I ever had.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 12:24 PM
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Nothing to be ashamed about when enlisting the services of a trainer. I used to train horses and I still took horses to other trainers! I know of other trainers and top riders that hire out training. That is what good horsemen do. Your horse will be even better for you and also invest in some lessons for a truly spectacular horse riding experience. I have been riding for well over 40 years, I still go to my lessons & have a coach.
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Maybe you should also post this in the "gaited" section of the forum. In the "horse breeds" section there is also a gaited section.

I have the same issue with my Fox Trotter. Except I sort of consider it a non-issue because she's 18 years old and I just trail ride for pleasure. So when she goes into a rough pace I just slow her up and don't worry about it.

But I have been trying to read up and learn all I can about gaited horses, and from what I understand they are typically in a hollow frame when they pace. So you need to work on a more collected frame. In a gaited horse this doesn't have to be very collected at all. Not like a dressage horse is collected. But at least level to slightly collected. Because to pace they are hollow in their back.

Another way to practice cantering is to canter up hills. This shifts their weight back on their hindquarters and discourages pacing. I get my best canters when I am on a slight incline.

Also, understand that a lot of gaited horses are never really trained to encourage the canter. There is a lot of focus put on the flat walk and intermediate gait and very little on cantering. So it's likely your horse hasn't had much cantering practice and the pace is what comes natural to him.

I tend to ride the flat walk the most often, followed by the fox trot and I do like to canter. But I pick my locations strategically if I can. And if I get the pace I slow down to get back out of it. Sometimes I have had luck pushing the horse forward out of a pace into a canter by squeezing my legs while taking contact with her mouth and rocking my body in a cantering motion. But that doesn't always work and I don't know if it is correct. But it sometimes gets her back into a canter.

Basically if you are pacing, your horse is too strung out and needs just a touch of collection. But I know exactly what you have going on there, mine does it too!

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Thank you have been researching it. I found it amazing how different a fox trottrr is.
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I found it amazing how different a fox trottrr is.
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In a good way! I enjoy the heck out of mine.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-11-2012, 06:06 PM
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All of the gaited horses at my barn go in hackamores (11 of 40 horses). They've actually been slowly converting the rest of us into hackamore users too - I'm the newest convert (today!).

Do you think you need a trainer because of the pacing before cantering? It's going to depend on the horses training and your comfort level. A lot of gaited horses aren't ever allowed to trot/canter under saddle. Your horse may not have many miles/hours cantering under saddle and is still figuring it out in terms of what the cue means and balancing.

I certainly think that a trainer would help with this, but it's going to have to be a trainer that has experience with gaited horses.
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