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post #1 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Walking is hard on the horses mouth??!!

Wondering if this makes sense to anybody?
I've been having riding lessons on my standie, and its going well, he just doesnt have very good brakes! (but getting better)
Last week I went for a trail ride with my neighbour and I said I'm only walking because I want a good woah at a walk before we start trotting on trails.
So today my neighbour says "we have to go faster next ride because walking is too hard on my horses mouth" ! I think her horses are only half trained (broken in by her) and yes she is hauling on their mouth the whole time to keep them at a walk because normally she just lets them take off at whatever pace they choose.
Anyhow, Im just going to say 'sorry I can't ride with you then because my horse needs to learn to just walk right now"
Is it just me or is it fairly bizarre to say that your horse can't walk? Its not like these are high performance horses just trail riding horses. Wouldnt you think its a sign your horse is only half trained that it can't do the pace you choose?
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post #2 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 08:57 AM
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Yeah, what she should have said was:

"Next time we ride we'll have to go faster because my horses aren't very well trained, I'm not a very good rider, and my constant lugging on them trynig to get them to walk is hard on their mouths."

You are right ..
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post #3 of 15 Old 07-24-2013, 10:09 AM
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I would not say half trained. Her horses are used to moving out. That is their normal.

My horses tend to have a big stride when they walk. I can do a lot of turning around so the other horse doesn't have to trot to keep up. I use it as a leg aid training session. I also serpentine and yes - stop sometimes. My horses are NOT half trained.
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I would not say half trained. Her horses are used to moving out. That is their normal.

My horses tend to have a big stride when they walk. I can do a lot of turning around so the other horse doesn't have to trot to keep up. I use it as a leg aid training session. I also serpentine and yes - stop sometimes. My horses are NOT half trained.
OP was talking a out her neighbor wanting to do more trotting than walking. Striding out is one thing but her horse sounds like it isn't trained to just walk and constantly tugs to trot.
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Hurray for you deciding not to ride with her for now!
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Yeah, what she should have said was:

"Next time we ride we'll have to go faster because my horses aren't very well trained, I'm not a very good rider, and my constant lugging on them trynig to get them to walk is hard on their mouths."

You are right ..
and add "I think a bit is used for brakes so I don't understand transitions either"
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Ok good, so Im not the only one who finds it a bizarre statement....
Yep, my boy does not have a slow walk, he has a lovely "purposeful stride" but apparently there are some spots on the trail where her horses "like to canter" !

Oh well, looks like we'll be riding be ourselves for a while...
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the speed of the trail ride should be agreed upon at the beginning, by both. I always want that clear before I head out.
I never heard that walking would ruin a horse's mouth. She might want to let her horse get his energy out ahead of time, perhaps.
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I like to canter my horse on the trail, and my boy knows it's perfectly normal to trot off and just keep trotting for a while (or forever). But when I say walk, he walks. He might 'want' to go faster, and it will be clear to me that he does, but I certainly don't have to haul on his mouth the whole time to keep him from doing so. That's called 'training'! I am glad you're getting your boy trained up, starting with the basics!
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I have a sometime riding partner whose mare wants to trot all the time. Not just a lot, she wants to trot the entire time she is ridden.
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