Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Your horse is "wogging" (trotting in the front, but walking in the back). Is your mare trained well, and is she trained for western pleasure at all? If yes, she is just being lazy on you or you might not be asking her correctly. If not, she could still be lazy on you but it is most likely because she doesn't have the strength required to do what you are asking her to do. Going low and slow in a western pleasure jog is hard work and takes a lot of muscle.
Get her trotting, even if it's fast. The important part is that she is actually trotting for you and doing what you ask. Once she is consistently trotting without breaking gait, then start adding in speed control. Do a lot of circle work and serpentines while really getting her to use her rear end so she develops the muscles to hold her hind end into a nice comfortable slow jog.
If your horse is not trained to jog slow yet, she might not be able to hold it. Ask her to slow down, and if she does it keep her slow for 5 strides and then relax back into what is comfortable for her. Don't ask for more than that until she's conditioned enough to slow jog for longer periods of time. Every time she breaks to the walk, trot her fast again and slow her down from there, hold, and then go back to her comfortable speed.
When you ask for the trot, no matter what speed, the most important thing is that all of her legs are going the same speed and she is using the muscles in her hindquarters. You can't be "trotting in the back and slow jogging in the front." If you are doing a slow jog, all of her legs are doing a slow jog. You need the consistency in her feet before you can do anything else.
If you don't know how to engage your horse's hindquarters and develop the muscles she needs for a slow jog, have a trainer help you. If your horse is green she needs to learn to engage her rear and round out before she can truly slow down for you.