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post #1 of 7 Old 01-26-2014, 11:28 PM Thread Starter
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Transition from walking to trotting question

I have a almost 6 year old quater horse gelding that I've had for almost a year and more advanced green broke I guess you could say. His previous owners really only used him to pack out elk on hunting trips but I've been working hard with him starting over with ground work in the round pen and he's come along quite well. However when I ask him to go from a walk to a trot he gets very onery, puts his head up high and does a little hop to go into the trot and is very annoyed the whole time in the trot. He only does this in the round pen or arena and not when out trail riding. Will he grow out of this or is there something that I can do to work with him so that he can make the transition better.?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-26-2014, 11:47 PM
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Is it possible for you to get video?

Horses like to 'go' when in open spaces or out of the arena and do it without protest.

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post #3 of 7 Old 01-27-2014, 01:26 AM
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Check for saddle fit it could make him uncomfortable and he may not act up with it on the trail because he's got other things to focus on.

If saddle fit is ruled out when I ask him to trot and he gives me tude I make them trot really forward, faster than what's normally comfortable and do a lot of really quick walk trot walk trot transitions and making sure you keep sending him forward and when he gets a good trot transition that isn't pissy, let him trot at a comfortable pace. Also make sure you change things up directions and shapes because horses get board and can get irritable.
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-27-2014, 07:56 AM
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Check your riding too. Can you post? Do you wiggle too much in the saddle at the trot? Do you snag his mouth? That AND saddle fit, girth placement and so forth would be where I would look first, then at my riding.

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If he is only doing this in the round pen and the arena, you do not have a trotting transition problem. You have a round pen and arena problem. Round pens and arenas are for people --- not for horses. If you only 'drill' horses in them, they will learn to hate them and will get irreparably SOUR. This sounds like a where you are going quickly.

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The saddle fits fine and I yes I do post when trotting and make sure that I don't pull his mouth at all...he seems fine once he's trotting it's going up to the trot from the walk that he gets annoyed. He doesn't seem to hate the round pen/arena since he walks in there without any attitude and does everything I ask him to. I will try and get a video up hopefully later this week though.
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post #7 of 7 Old 01-27-2014, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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So I guess I contradicted myself from my first post...he really does do well once in the trot...sorry bout that!!!!
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