Originally Posted by SPhorsemanship
I thought the hobble contraptions were to keep them from cantering and galloping.
That to :) it helps them not to break stride. And not to change gate. If they change there gate in a race there automaticly disqualified.
I did a co-op in highschool at a Standardbred barn. It was awsome!! They even let me drive one of the mares!!
Its natural for pacers to pace and trotters to trot. They wont ever race together as a pace naturally covers more ground faster then a trot.
As for teaching them to trot afterwords... I wouldnt have a clue. I know an ex pacer. He's now currently used in a Theraputic Riding Program (www.hatsniagara.org
) I volunteer with. His name is Norman :) and try as we might, we can't get him to trot. Once that I know of someone got a normal trot out of him. But as far as I know no body has been able to do it since, at least not under the saddle.tho he can canter and gallope just fine when he wants to. And strangly enough we have seen him trot in the paddock/feild sometimes.....
He's a strange fella