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post #1 of 6 Old 01-12-2013, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Not so "gaited" horse

I bought a young three year old spotted saddle horse last year (she is now four). She is suppose to be a gaited horse. However she will only TROT . Are there any tricks to get a gatind horse to "gait"??
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post #2 of 6 Old 01-12-2013, 10:09 PM
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With Storm, his owner went out with a group and carried a crop. When everyone cantered, she let him go (he wanted to catch up) and tapped his shoulder with the crop when he started gaiting. He now gaits when he has his "double bridle" and gets a tap from the crop..otherwise, it's a trot.

But, she may just not be gaited. I believe Rose is a Walker and she trots, does not gait, at all.

Other than that..I have no other suggestions or experience, but I wish you luck.
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post #3 of 6 Old 01-13-2013, 08:22 AM
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I've got this problem with Magic. He has the nicest trot but the smoothest gait. So I've started to teach him by ques to which one I'd like.

To get your horse to gait you might need to get her to round out her neck, drop her head, get her to tuck it in (it's the only way I can explain it). She can't gait with a hollowed back, besides the fact that it's bad for their backs :p

Try making her half halt at a walk, tighten one rein just a little bit, and lightly apply pressure on and off to the other, when she lowers her head immediately release all the pressure (this is her reward!).
Once she gets good at this then try it at a trot and so forth.

I hope this helps you out! If it doesn't then look it all up on google, you might some really helpful stuff out there.
Good luck!
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post #4 of 6 Old 01-13-2013, 11:24 AM
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There are a lot of things to do to get gaited horses gaiting. Unfortunately it sounds like you have no experience with them. My suggestion, take your horse and yourself to a trainer and you both can learn together.
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post #5 of 6 Old 01-13-2013, 08:35 PM Thread Starter
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Very few people around here know about gaited horses..she was gaiting on occasion at the breeders... but they did say she liked to trot.. I also understand it takes muscles and stamina to build to keep the gait,... I thank you for your ideas and will keep trying. :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 01-13-2013, 08:53 PM
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You have to go back to the beginning. Get your horse round, supple, going to the bit , using his hind end. Which means groundwork and walk, walk, walk. You really need the help of someone who is knowledgeable. I know its hard to find gaited horse trainers.

You can look into DVD Larry Whitesell, Liz Graves are two of the more popular. I have worked with them both at clinics. Look for clinics in your area.
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