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post #1 of 4 Old 07-10-2009, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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teaching gaited horse trot?

Hi Everyone
I own a TWH/peruvian Paso.. he just turned 5. I've had him for almost 1 year- back when I bought him I solely wanted to trail ride etc. now my direction has changed to wanting one-day to attend schooling shows.. hence I will want to take jumping/english/dressage maybe lessons in the future. I am a green rider with a great horse.. he is very broke to ride- but only green due to his age.. and my lack of experience. but i am at a crossroads on what to do next with him?

Aries CAN trot- mostly free-lunging/lunging.. however he does trot under saddle once in a blue moon. But most of the time under saddle he PACES.
my My question is..
can I teach him to TROT under saddle majority of the time? Is it possible? He LOVES to jump, we do it quite often with no problems.. and he is fairly level headed

Any how-tos or opinions would be great!! :)
Or should I be contemplating a new horse? And finding a new home for him? (there is no way I can keep 2 horses)
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-10-2009, 09:17 PM
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Trotting poles, trotting poles, trotting poles. 'Rack' him over them.

But really, why teach a gaited horse to not do something he was specifically bred not to do? I'd get a real 'trotted' horse. Not one that was specifically breed NOT to.

Most people are like Slinkies; they serve no real purpose, but they bring a smile to your face when you push them down the stairs.
When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on for dear life.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-10-2009, 09:23 PM
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Also I forgot to mention that if you teach her to trot you will never be able to sell her. Because when people want a TWH, they are buying for the gait, not a trot. Get a new horse.

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post #4 of 4 Old 07-10-2009, 09:40 PM
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Trot poles help a lot because it's nearly impossible to pace over them. Make sure you keep him collected when you want to trot him... That will also make it nearly impossible to pace. Try canter/trot transitions. My mare seemed to have a lot of trouble pacing when transitioning from a canter. The best footing to teach a horse to trot is deep, loose dirt.

Remember to slow him down as soon as he starts pacing, and rub his neck and leave him alone when he trots. He'll learn the difference.
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