I have a 3 year old TWH mare that I am having a lot of trouble getting into her gaits. I'm pretty new to getting a horse into their different gaits & all I know right now is to keep her head in a higher position to encourage gaits. When my dad lunges her she will get into them but when I ride her she will barely get into them & if she does it's only for a moment then it's back to a bumpy ride. I actually don't even know what TWHs gaits are called, just that they're smooth (yea it's kind of embarrassing). I know she is gaited & she's registered with a good pedigree, it's just me I guess, or maybe both of our inexperiance combined? Also I think I'm confusing her to, after I get her moving faster with my feet I pull back slightly on the reins to get her head placed better, which makes her think I want her to slow back down, which makes sense. An older TWH I rode I could get into its gaits by doing what I mentioned, but of course that horse knew what I was asking from it. I just have no clue how to get her to know that's what I want her to do & I don't really understand why she won't naturally get into her gaits when ridden but will while lunged. I'm definitely inexperienced & I'm sure it's probably more me than her but I have no idea where to start so any advice or tips would be really appreciated!
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