06-06-2010, 01:10 PM
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Agreed with corinowalk. TWH don't just do a running walk on their own - it's there, but it must be "nurtured". A TWH that is not encouraged to do his natural gait will resort into trotting, pacing or racking. And after they learn that, trying to teach them a running walk is a royal PITA. My friend's mare will finally do it after about 5 years of trying after she was allowed to pace and trot her whole life and even then, sometimes she'll jump back into pacing.
Just be aware that if he won't trot with you under saddle, there's no way to MAKE him. Regardless of what he does in the pasture, he needs to learn to do it under saddle and constantly messing with a horses gaits is a good way to screw him up. The only possible way I can think of is to ask him to move out from a walk, and begin posting - if he tries to rack, rein him back a little bit and continue a posting motion to encourage him.
Trotting is the only gait that is diagonal as opposed to lateral such as racking, pacing, running walk, etc. Hence why it is difficult for TWH to do - they are lateral moving horses, and it makes sense why he would confuse the trot and rack. Trotting just flat out is NOT comfortable for most TWH - most learn to pace or rack as opposed to trot if not being asked to do a running walk.