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post #11 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 12:56 AM
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For sure you can push him on as his fitness increases. As to going as fast as your friends horse, don't know the ages of each, length of stride, fitness level etc.
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post #12 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 02:15 AM
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Nah, usually the speed of walking is a training and personality issue, unless he is very (very) unfit. My guy likes to walk slow too, particularly if we're heading away from the barn. I just have to actually ride and make it clear I expect a good forward walk. In the way home it's easy though.
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he will poke along back to the barn also
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post #14 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 10:40 AM
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he will poke along back to the barn also
Some horses have a slower walk. Just the way they are.
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post #15 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 03:51 PM
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I agree with Sharpie, the walking speed is more often due to training. I train all my horses to really reach out and walk though even with that, some are able to walk faster than others.

What I do is to gently urge them with my legs to go faster without actually asking for a gait transition. If they pick up a trot, then I immediately slow them back to a walk and then immediately start urging again. When they start to pick up a faster walk without acting like they want to change gaits, then I let my legs off and let them go along on their own for as long as they'll keep the pace. If they start slacking off, then I start urging again. It takes lots of time and they need to build up their stamina to be able to maintain that fast walk, but it works.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-06-2012, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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I have been doing that on all of our rides....ill keep it up thanks
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post #17 of 18 Old 12-08-2012, 10:55 PM
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Marching? It sounds like your friend's horse might be gaited based on that description.
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post #18 of 18 Old 12-09-2012, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Are morgans gaited? i dont think they are....hes a young horse with lots of energy......has a very fast walk!
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