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post #21 of 23 Old 04-01-2016, 10:48 AM
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you can also ruin horse that naturally walks out nicely on a trail ride, the type of horse you want, and something desirable in a trail horse, by forcing him to go at the walk of some horse dragging himself slowly down the trail. ...horse just having a nice long stride at a walk, covering ground-something I encourage, not discourage!
I so agree with Smilie on this. I expect the plodder to either speed up his walk or trot to catch up. In The Complete Trail Horse, Dan Aadland describes a horse that walks slower than a human as an intolerable waste. Of course, he raises Tennessee Walkers, so expects to cover ground.

Anyway, I think you did great on that first ride and now your second one will be even better because you realize what a great horse you have. Expect excellence from him and let him live up to it. He was having fun that day and that's a wonderful quality in a trail horse.
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The horse that walks fast, just to be in front, I do correct, if he then plods along, once in front.
A horse has to accept his position, and if you have ever been on trial rides, where you have to ride single file, and where 5 or more riders pipe up that their horse 'has to be in front', you can understand the problem!
Of course, there are times then, in large group rides, where you have to check your horse, due to your position, so you don't ride up the **** of the horse in front of you!
Since I detest large group rides, not a problem usually for me!
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post #23 of 23 Old 04-01-2016, 11:43 PM
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I especially like that you went home toward the barn but turned away onto another road without any fussing. My guy also has a fast walk and would be slightly faster as we head home. I asked my trainer once how long it will take before he relaxes and slows down. She said, oh about a thousand rides. Its taken almost 4 years of our usual trail rides and now he's more relaxed, with a slower way of going home. And with no jigging.

It sounds to me like you have a great horse on the trails. Have fun as you gain confidence in her!
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