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post #1 of 6 Old 03-25-2014, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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horse gaits. a good book on it?

Im just a trail rider so walk trot canter and gallop is about all I know. Besides the flat walk of a Tennessee walker.
I'm gonna try barrel racing with my mare this year. I was trotting around the barrels, or so I thought. Then I watched the video and realized she was paceing most of the time.
I need a good book to learn how to change gaits and all that good stuff.
My mare is just a grade I paid hardly nothing for but she loves to run and is very willing. I think she's about half standerdbred.
If I could figure out how to keep her paceing and speed up with it, screw barrel raceing I'll make her a speed pacer. Or country fast pace pleasure as they call it around here.
Oh and I'm only doing small local shows.
I'm also gonna try competitive trail with her.
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Oh and I also need a bit she will respond to better. I have a tom thumb now, and no I don't need to hear all the **** about them I've heard it plenty and don't Believe it a bit. I don't want something to severe but I need to be able to stop her when I need to. When she gets to goin sometimes she doesn't like to stop. I have to start slowing her down a good hundred foot ahead.
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It's not gonna matter what bit you put in her mouth she's not gonna stop until she's trained to listen to a good soft cue. Take her her back to the walk and start from there teaching the stop
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A book will not teach you riding technique. You really need an instructor who can see what your horse is doing and tell you what to do. Any advice you get is going to be really generalized and probably will not work for your horse. No offense but the difference between a trot and a pace is huge, so that you can't tell the difference really shows that you will do better with an instructor.

I know, lessons can be expensive. It's better to take fewer lessons and ask for homework than to try to go at it on your own if you aren't already experienced. While you may have many hours in the saddle, you do have holes in your experience.

Part of the problem you're having could be from the bit :) it's a confusing bit for many horses. Try putting her in a regular snaffle. I'm not sure why you don't believe what you hear when you're experiencing it.

The bit doesn't make a horse stop. Training does. She needs a bit that sends clear signals that she can understand and the training to know what you want. If you have to yank on her face to make her stop, that is a training issue. You should never have to do that.
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Thanks for the replys. An instructor just isn't an option id have to drive at least 3 hours and i just don't have the money for it. If I'm gonna learn it'll be on my own with the advice from a few horse people I know.

what I've heard about a tom thumb is that it's really severe not that its not effective. And I never yank on my horse, i apply light pressure until she slows down.

Reading about it and applying until I figure it out is my best bet at learning. So agian, anyone know a good book?
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I abandoned my post, I know sorry.
I went to a horse show last weekend I'd never been to. My best friend was barrel racing for the first time. She got 2nd place in tweeners and won her entry fee back. She was so excited.

Besides that I met an English trainer with awesome prices! Her barn is about an hour fortyfive minutes away but I'm gonna try it out. I'm so excited. Barrel racing is obviously not English buti just wanna learn about gaits. And she teaches jumping so I'm super excited about that too. Iv wanted to learn English my whole life

I completely changed the subject but does anyone have any advice for me?
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