Look around seconds 2-5 in the first video. That looked like a run walk. You pushed him out of it and he started to pace. He may be one of those who will pace until you actively ask for a run walk, depending on if he was set in his gait at one time. To ask for the run walk with most horses, sit deep and drive with your seat. Don't kick; just squeeze a little. Keep your hands low and have light contact with the reins. If you feel a pace, half halt and restart. Half halts are your best friend.
Learn to identify the gaits. Can you tell the difference between a pace and a run walk? The head isn't overly reliable; it better to feel it with your seat. The run walk will move you back and forth (just like a normal walk on a normal horse). Look at the front of your saddle. It is moving back and forth or side to side? Side to side means he's pacing. Also, if you ride on a hard surface, you will hear four EVEN beats if he's running. One, two, three, four. If he's pacing, you'll hear something like One, pause, two, pause, one, pause, two.
If he continues to pace, people wiser than me can help. ;) My rehab pacer is coming along, with only because they helped me out.
ok..well i hope i dont bug yall with all my videos till we get it right
I personally can't help, but diego the ppl on this forum are GREAT at helping as long as you can take constructive critisism lol
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You're wanting a firm intermediate gait, kind of like asking for a trot. You are ASKING for a pace.
When you want your horse to runwalk, you will not try to break them over into a new gait. You will gently urge them into the runwalk. After all, it's just a fast, extended walk.
The mare I show is pacey. Very. I have to squeeze her into her walk. If my hands go up, my seat gets wonky, or I push too hard, she'll let me know and pace. So I push her just to the edge and bring her back down.
With that horse, I would flatwalk for a while. Flatwalk until you HATE it.
Honestly, it's hard to explain it all via thread.
Basically, don't change gears. Walk. Eventually, walk fast. But only if you walk slowly at first, then at medium speed. Walk at medium speed (flat walk) until you are bored to death.
It isn't like asking for a trot or canter. The difference between walking and running is barely there, unlike the "proper" difference between a walk and trot. It just like asking for an extended walk on a regular horse.
That won't feel "like a gait" because people think that a running walk is a speed gait. It just isn't. Even a "fast" running walk is a "slow" gait, compared to a trot. Don't think you'll be ripping up trail at a proper running walk.
Increase speed slowly and gradually. If you feel a pace (any change of gears), slow 'em down.
In case this might be slightly helpful:
My mare is also gaited (however, she really shouldn't be, seeing as how she's an Arab...) and she does a running walk and I've been trying to get her reliable with it. I've found what works for me is to think about the running walk like the edge of a cliff and trotting (or pacing, in your case) going off the cliff. I want to push her up until I get to the very very edge of the cliff, but stop cuing right before she goes over the cliff. It's been working pretty well so far and I can now generally cue her right into it without cuing too much about a bazillion times first.
It's kind of a tough concept to really feel at first but you'll figure it out. :) Good luck!
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