I am terrible at explaining things - especially when physical motion is involved. I know how to get her back into her gait, telling someone from behind the keyboard is difficult for me.
I have never ridden my TWH’s with constant contact but the only time I had gaiting issues with any of them, they needed a chiropractor:)
I am a lifelong horse owner but when I bought my first Walking Horse in 1990, I asked the seller for some quick instruction.
His quick reply was to lower the reins, pull them back a small amount while simultaneously urging the horse forward with your legs, while also simultaneously sitting back on my pockets:)
Once the horse got into its gear, release rein pressure, release leg pressure.
If you can do that with any degree of success, the second thing is to do hill work — if you have any hills - even little ones. Flat walking up and down hills then asking for the intermediate while on the hill.
It is not uncommon to have to bring the horse. Ack down to a what we call a dog walk and start over (and over) asking for the horse’s intermediate gait.
Not all Walking Horses perform the running walk. Sometimes the build of the horse will dictate which intermediate gait it naturally wants to perform.
The stepping pace is the second most common gait. It can jar the caps off your teeth or it can be as champagne-smooth as the running walk.
Then there are variations of what is known as the rack. Head nod
: there are two, depending on the intermediate gait the horse is inclined to do. And the head bob varies from barely noticeable to so exciting the ears flop:)
Running Walk equals an up/down head bob or head nod.
Stepping Pace and rack equal the entire neck moves from side-to-side motion, also in varying degrees.
While the horse in the video is struggling between a lateral hard pace and a trot, I am almost thinking it is capable of performing a running walk.
The most important thing is to see if the owner will spend the money on a quality equine chiropractor— they are not all created the same. Some can ruin a horse while others practically walk on water:)
If you strike out again with Ivy, here is the link to Liz Graves - this is the woman who has been the gaited horse go-to for many years. But she is up there in age and I thought I’d heard she is having health issues, which is why I didn’t previously post her link. She is truly amazing:: https://lizgraves.org/
There are one or two trotting horse trainers who have broadened their so called expertise into the gaited world. I have no idea how good they really are with gaited horses. I am always suspicious of someone who suddenly enters into a new venue as I think they are in it for the money and using their established name to give them credibility:)