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    01-30-2012, 10:43 PM

Ok so I got my saddle bred Dusty where he is rideable. He seems to only want to walk or run. What's the best way to get him to work each gait? I'm going to ask the previous owner if she used any special ques. I really am proud of him! We had a great ride this weekend! He is fun to ride! And some kinda fast! I think more riding may help him remember his gaits but not sure.
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    01-30-2012, 11:19 PM
Green Broke
Teach him your commands, don't worry about his former owner. Get him in the round pen and make him responsible for his gaits. Some horses need to some head support to do certain gaits.
My TWH was taught the kissing stuff, he was decent at it. Kinda interesting someone beside me could do the kissing stuff and he would go in to his fast gait. That didnt do me a bit of good as I can't do the kissing sounds. I trained him to verbal commands. Isnt hard just takes time in the round pen.
    01-31-2012, 02:07 AM
Sorry to hijack your thread OP, but gaited horses such as saddlebred & TWH don't just gait on their own? I trained a peruvian paso, she had no trot only a gait, she did in the pasture.
    01-31-2012, 02:14 AM
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Sorry to hijack your thread OP, but gaited horses such as saddlebred & TWH don't just gait on their own? I trained a peruvian paso, she had no trot only a gait, she did in the pasture.
I think it depends on the horse, wares. Some will gait naturally, while others have the ability to gait, but need to have it refined and trained to be usable. I could be wrong, though. The only gaited horse I've ridden was a Peruvian paso and he would rather gait than trot, but I gather not all gaited horses are like that (seems like the pasos tend to be, but the other gaited breeds aren't).
    01-31-2012, 02:32 AM
Very few Saddlebreds are naturally gaited. They have the natural ability to learn the slow gait and rack, but most are not trained to do them. If they will not be competitive as a five gaited horse, or would be better suited for something else, a trainer will not waste the time training the other gaits. Ask the former owner if he was gaited. If she says no or says that he is three gaited, that means he knows walk, trot, and canter. Explaining how to train the gaits would take too long atm, but I will try to fibd you an article soon.
    01-31-2012, 04:55 AM
Green Broke
A good TN walker gaits on there own. Saddlebreeds are a crapshoot. Some do some don't. Some can be taught 5 gaits others can't.
    01-31-2012, 07:23 AM
I've been in a similar situation, I didn't have experience riding a gaited horse and was told a few things buy the seller but I wasn't having any luck. I was able to find someone from the area who had experience with gaited horses, she came over and road them and confirmed that they could gait, she gave me some pointers, since then I found no shortage of opinions on what to do. One suggestion I have is start as a walk, gradually increase the speed, you should feel a sweet spot, I found it pretty noticeable. Now keep him there, basic pressure and release in the bit, some will be easier that others, just depends on the horse. Many other things also and I'll let others with more experience provide there input. Hills vs flat ground, body position (yours) some may be breed specific. I only have experience with Rocky's. Good luck, it's a fun journey.
    01-31-2012, 10:08 AM
Patriot I know exactly what you mean I feel it when we go through it I just can't seem to get him to hold it.

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