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post #11 of 15 Old 05-25-2019, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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Okay. If that's just how she moves, then that's fine; I can just two-point. I was just wondering if there was anything I could do to help easy her down so it's not as rough.

Yes. I've been doing walk-canter-walk and she's great with those.
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post #12 of 15 Old 05-25-2019, 07:42 PM
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It can be helpful, with downwards transitions, to think of it as starting a new gait. So, don't think about it as ending the canter, but starting the trot. Something about changing the thinking seems to influence me, at least, into executing it a lot better.

Actually, same goes for things like flying changes: if you think of it as asking -- from a canter -- for a new canter, it goes much better! Demystifies the process.
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post #13 of 15 Old 05-26-2019, 07:49 AM
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She has always done this (for the almost seven years I've had her), both with and without a rider. Does that mean she has always been out of balance?
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post #14 of 15 Old 05-26-2019, 01:40 PM
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You might be able to train her to go from a canter to a walk, then right up to the trot you want. Practice it enough that you can reduce the amount of walking time until she is just taking a half walk step between the canter and trot. That may help her identify where to put her feet if it's not a balance/strength issue. Maybe she just needs it broken down so she knows what to do. Then try it from canter to trot. I'd think it's worth a try.
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post #15 of 15 Old 05-29-2019, 06:37 PM
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Walker downward transition

Hi there from Virginia, USA. I grew up watching only sored Walkers at horse shows, but when I moved all the way to the east coast I began seeing pleasure walkers. My observation has been that a Walker needs to "hurry up with its hind legs to catch up with its front legs, so it can then slow down." That's the only way I can describe it. That is how Walkers move, and I don't think there's anything to be done about it. They almost look like they stumble into a downward transition, no matter the terrain. I've seen it many times.

And oh-so-important!!! Tennessee Walkers are never, EVER supposed to trot! EVER! It's the greatest insult to say a Walker can trot. It's my understanding that trotting can damage the running walk because it requires a complete rearrangement of the legs, thus muddying the purity of the running walk and confusing the horse. They were bred not to trot. I've heard spectators at shows disdainfully say that horses that "didn't MAKE IT as Walkers" became racking horses. These people almost spat their words out.

My specialty is European carriage driving with Welsh ponies. I don't do gaits and I find them very weird to feel. I literally can't ride a gaited horse!

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