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    05-22-2012, 06:15 PM
Trouble Getting 3 Year Old To Trot Under Saddle

Hello everyone!

I just bought a 3 year old paint a few weeks ago. He was slowly broken in a year ago. His previous owner did not ride him extensively, but did have him walking, trotting, and cantering last summer. He was barely ridden at all over this past winter. Now that I have been riding him, he will not trot when I ask him. I have worked on lunging him in his tack as well as making sure the girth is loose enough for him to feel comfortable moving around. He has no trouble trotting when I lunge him, and I make the typical 'click' sound and use the verbal command 'trot'. He responds fine to this when lunging. However, when I am riding him and ask for the trot, he just walks a bit faster and sometimes ends up stopping after I've asked a few times. I almost get the feeling that he is getting annoyed or confused with me. What should I work on with him to work on his trot under saddle?
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    05-22-2012, 06:43 PM
Are you riding him forward? Using your leg and seat? If he doesn't go the first time you ask with the cluck and seat, I use some leg. If they don't respond to that, I bring my split rein up like I'm going to smack him. If he doesn't respond to that, he gets his butt smacked.
    05-22-2012, 06:46 PM
I know when my uncle/cousin ride Walter they wiggle their hips side to side to speed up the rhythm, and that moves Walter into a trot.
    05-23-2012, 11:07 AM
Make sure you are giving him some slack in the reins so you're not pulling and squeeze with your calves.and if that doesn't work,click and rub your heels slightly up and down on him.alway's remember,hang on with your knees.
    05-23-2012, 11:26 AM
He's probably not quite comfortable to do it with a human on him yet.

I would go into an arena and give him loose rein and make him trot big circles all around the arena.

I don't know if you're comfortable with this, but I had the same issue with a 3 year old I was riding this Spring, except with loping. She'd get a squeeze with my legs, a tap with my heels, a kick, and then if she hadn't moved out by then, she got a little reminder with the end of my split rein. She took off like crazy when I did it, so I let her go for a bit, then brought her back down to a lope.

Maybe a crop or dressage whip to reinforce your leg would help?

3 year old, trot, trotting, under saddle

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