Originally Posted by riccil0ve
I think what RiosDad does works for him and his horse, which is great, but I personally wouldn't give out his advice to anyone else. It just seems like it would be such a nuisance to be going along the trails at a good trot, and when you decide you want to canter, you have to walk again. I'd rather just start cantering. O_O
I have a good sense of pace. Also if you ride with anyone else nothing is more annoying then a leader that speeds up , slows down. It makes for a bad ride for those following you. If you have a horse that breaks his trot while going down hill the next horse breaks too etc etc until the last guy finds himself either flying along or running into the back of the horse in front. A horse that holds pace, doesn't slow up going up hill, doesn't speed up going down makes a good leader.
Horses bouncing back and forth are annoying.
I will pick a nice lope and hold it for 45 minutes or a hour. I dont' bounce back and forth between the trot and lope.. I take corners, go through ditches, cross paved highways all without breaking the lope. My horse has this sense of pace built into him too. If we are trotting he will hold that trot until told to walk and not before. If loping he again holds without any reminders. His sense of pace.