Ok me and a friend went in togather on a 3yo twh filly out of JFK and pusher (no papers) and she is as sweet as can be I trained her when my cousin owned her and she took to every thing like she had done it her whole life she has 2 issues that completly drive us crazy that I could not fix when I had her working with her (me and my friend don't ride gaited horses to often but she was skinny and needed a better home. We have no knolege of training a walker I trained her like I do all my other horses just the basics giving to pressure ect)
1. She will not tuck her head (set her head what ever you want to call it) at her gait she gives to pressure pretty good at a stand still but when you ask her to at a walk or gait she refuses (my cousins solution was a harsher bit and I don't want to do that unless we absoultly have to, she is pretty soft mouthed) should we maybe try a longer shank on her bit? Or maybe a mild ported bit? She is in a training bit with a 4 in shank its pretty mild.
2. Her other little habit that annoys us is she always tilts her head to the right when you are riding her. She seems to be able to see fine from that side and only dose it wile riding her she don't do it in the pasture?
And one more thing there are times when she racks just as smooth and other time she will beat you to death when she is nervous and spooking at something she gaits almost perfect but most of the time she is trotty no matter how you hold her to keep her in her gait. (we are working on getting her feet back right after a year or two of crappy shoeing by a wannabe farrier)
If there are any training tecniques about training walkers we would love to hear them we mostly deal with QH's but we couldn't pass this lil girl up.** Sorry its so long!**