Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Burlington, North Carolina
Schooling my gaited horse
The situation is that I have a foundation appaloosa mare that I am starting over fences. She LOVES to jump and I am hoping to start competing her in the future. The catch is, she is also gaited! She does something called a "trote" which essentially almost feels like a 3rd beat in the trot. This has no effect on her jumping ability, but we obviously don't spend every minute over fences...most of our time is spend schooling on the flat. It's hard to describe the way she gaits because it's pretty rare, but basically when I am trotting her, I can post on her right diagonal fairly easily. However it is practically impossible to post on the left diagonal...it throws both her and I completely off balance and 100% of the time she will break gait (transitioning either to a walk or canter). So my question is, should I sit the trot altogether? At this point it seems like the best option but I have also heard that posting (on the correct diagonal) is better for the horse, so I am a bit confused. What would you do if you were me?