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    01-29-2008, 11:53 PM
My horse trots like this...

Only way faster, and he does his naturally.
He is western. I want him to trot like this.

How do I teach him to do that? When I try a half halt, it doesn't work. He walks. Am I cueing wrong?

(put a better video up of how I want him)
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    01-30-2008, 01:33 AM
I almost went to sleep watching that second video lol that trot is sooo slow. Must be a western thing

Half halting is the best way to slow down a rusher and even if it doesnt work straight away, keep persisting. It will eventually work.

Its also said that you can determine the speed of your horses trot by rising at the speed you want the trot to be. It can be hard to do but it can help if you get it right :)
    01-30-2008, 07:00 AM
I'd be interested to hear how to teach that too. Jazzy, my feeling is you are not supposed to rise on western jog, you just have to sit in (and in fact it's so slow and smooth that you don't feel bumpy or anything like that :) ).
    01-30-2008, 10:34 AM
It might take you a long time to get from the first video to the second video. Especially if your horse is naturally trotting like that.

You can use very small circles and lunging with a tie down or side reins.

Also, Jazzy was right about using your seat to help you. Western people sometimes post when training, as it is incredibly useful to the english people. We just don't get to show with a post.

It might also help to collect his mouth very far underneath him and keep the leg pressure constantly on him so he doesn't break the jog. Before you do this, you should probably teach him to maintain his gaits better by half-halting like you said, but not allowing him to transition down. With both of these ideas, remember to focus on bringing him into a relaxed, somewhat extended jog. You're basically trying to show him that he can relax and level out without losing the two beat jog. When you release rein pressure he needs to immediatly relax his neck into a lower frame and continue forward with a slower rhythm.

Hope it helps, yours is a strange case!
    01-30-2008, 12:20 PM
I will give it a shot, hopefully this afternoon if it thaws out. They put up a warning telling everyone to stay off the roads unless its absolutely necessary to travel because of the poor conditions. We had rain for about three days and then last night it dropped down to about zero, freezing up all the wet.

Driving out to the stable could be an accident waiting to happen, I may have to wait until tomorrow before I can try anything. Also, if anyone can explain a half-halt thoroughly so I can make sure I'm not messing up.
    01-30-2008, 03:01 PM
Well if it's natural, it might be really hard or take a long time to stop.

A Haflinger I rode for a while had a trot like the first horse, except it was so fast. It was very cute, though.

Anyway, yes. Use your seat, legs, and hands.
    01-30-2008, 05:39 PM

Heres a link to some info on half halting. I don't explain things well so I figured it would be easier for you to read from this site :)
    01-30-2008, 05:40 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val
I'd be interested to hear how to teach that too. Jazzy, my feeling is you are not supposed to rise on western jog, you just have to sit in (and in fact it's so slow and smooth that you don't feel bumpy or anything like that :) ).
i knew you werent supposed to rise I just didnt realise it was sooo slow lol

P.s. Sorry for the double post
    01-31-2008, 06:44 AM
I rode horses trained for western jog. It's very comfortable, but I kinda felt into sleep. Lol! However I think it's great gait to teach, as the horse is very relaxed.
    01-31-2008, 01:01 PM
I used to ride my friends white horse, Silver, all the time. She was trained to never go into a canter from a trot but always from a halt. So the harder you kick the faster she trots and she just won't canter. It;s ok though, she's just a hack.

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