02-19-2013, 04:01 PM
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Yes, it could take pages to explain in detail.
Very, very briefly. Do it in a round pen at liberty. Start with the walk. Walk to a body language and verbal command simultaneously, then drop the body language. Very important, always use the exact same verbal que. It is not as much, what you say, as it is, how you say it,ie, the walk could be "run" in a soft easy voice. Get the point. I'd suggest something other than "walk" for the walk. The w is a hard one to express well. I used "easy".
Then the trot, and finally the canter.
Before you try it undersaddle, get them to comeback down from a canter to a trot and then the walk. Then from canter to walk, then walk to canter, etc. Undersaddle, use the same bit, saddle, you used at liberty in the round pen. DO NOT, use the reins at all, that will confuse them. Be as still and as balanced as physically possible while in the saddle. After you get them responding correctly, to the verbal cue, you can start teaching seat cues for the gaits.
The trick is to never, ever let them do it wrong under saddle. One missed que can undo months of work.