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AllCowgirlsUp 06-16-2013 06:25 PM

Tennessee Walker Advise
Im new to the world of the TWH. I have a bay walker that ive done a lot with, but he paces instead of the four-beat gait im trying to get him to do. He also swings his back end around and it pops up when i get him into a slow flat walk. He also drags his right hind hoof when hes in gait. I was wondering if there was a way to correct this?

trailwalker 06-16-2013 08:01 PM

How old is this horse? Sounds like he is stiff somewhere in the back end somewhere. As far as the pace goes there are a lot of threads on here with good advice and links to better advice in some cases.(There are differing opinions on the "proper way" of going about this) I don't want to start a debate on your thread. Lol. Fixing gait issues is best left to a good trainer with a feel for and knowledge of the proper gait and what it will take for your horse to find his best.
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walkinthewalk 06-17-2013 07:10 AM

His paciness may very well have something to do with him being sore.

If he's dragging a hoof, he hurts somewhere.

Have a vet and/or an equine chiropractor examine him first; make sure he is sound then work on smoothing out his gait:-)

TWH's cannot always gait properly when they hurt somewhere. It is not uncommon to see them trot under saddle, if something hurts:-)

princessfluffybritches 06-17-2013 11:04 PM

I would check to see if he's hurting, etc, and saddle fit. Then, to get a gaited horse to stop pacing-don't let them! I know that sounds too simple, but it works!

oliveoats 06-19-2013 05:36 PM

I would start with getting a vet out, a chiropractor if my vet recommended, and even a good farrier with experience with gaited horses.

twhsshbealuvr 06-20-2013 12:10 AM

1. Have him examined by you veterinarian I agree that it sounds like he is sore
2. Consider a chiropracter
Sounds like he is trotting when you are putting him into a slow running walk
3. Get a professional ferrier with a lot of knowledge about gaited horses
4. Get a trainer to help you ride properly and help the horse to gait properly
5. Make sure you have a proper fitting saddle gaited horses need room for their shoulders to move
6. Some weight in the front end with trailers in the back will typically help with paciness
Good luck they are truly the greatest ride on earth
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twhsshbealuvr 06-20-2013 12:12 AM

Oh and one more thing start slow and dog walk and slowly increase your speed also riding in a straight line helps instead of going around in an arena
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