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Whoa, congrats for understanding title or at least be curious enough to offer me a hand.

I lease a TWH mare, and have been off riding her while I am at college, now I am back from school and ready to work with her again. Though - I'd like to work purely bareback (its winter, and my butt gets cold) on getting her to not be so pacey in the arena. She does the Running walk B-E-A-U-TIFULY on the trails, but in the arena... its Pace Pace Pace to kingdom come, and well, a pace hurts more then a trot while riding bareback.

So I would ideally like to know how to correctly position my weight and body while riding bareback to encourage a running walk, and to keep it at that matter, and not to pace as much, though elimination is quite impossible.

She is 20 (a spitfire at that) but last time she had any training in her gaits was oh... 14 years ago.

This Summer I also rode her bareback, but didn't try to correct her out of her pace. Here is a video of me riding - if you feel like critiquing me and complimenting her, go for it, especially if you think it will help with the overall goal.

Uh, kinda of scatterbrained, but I have a fairly small arena. Enough ground poles to line it about 3x over, and a handful of cones.
 

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Sunny does the SAME exact thing ;) Really, he needs some reassurance in his mouth (collection), some impulsion, and I sit back on my hiney. Do not lean forward at all.

I would use a saddle.

From having watched your video, I'd say that you need to pick up that slack in the reins. Her neck is hanging and is not doing a thing for her at this point. Don't PULL in her mouth till she hurts. Just pick up the slack and ask her to pick herself up. Give and take with the reins asking her to drop it and soften.

I also noticed a lot of (you) leaning forward. That is THE biggest mistake right there! At that point, she was almost cantering because you were giving her a tentative "go" and she probably just settled for a pace/skip thing to be safe. Don't lean forward. On a walking horse, you do the opposite. If you want to go, you lean back (not literally LEAN but sit back on your tail bone).

So lean back on your hiney, use your leg to get some impulsion, and use your reins. She may also be reacting to your bareback seat. It may hurt. Pacing usually stems from pain or laziness.

I also saw her head popping up; that definetely is a trigger for pacing. More reason to not allow that head to "hang".

Ever considered using a bit on her? Not saying you necessarilly NEED to, but have you ever tried one?
 

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** And to add, practice going over poles at the speed she paces; it's virtually impossible to pace over poles.
 

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With her winter fuzz, my saddle does more harm then good, since I don't have the money to buy a thinner pad. So its bareback. I have been using
How (and Why) to Retrain that Pacey Horse

as a guide. We were working on the pushing into a fast walk and getting her to lower her head, since its pretty much free flying. Halting and asking for more, she did actually become quite collected by the time we were done, but we still have things to work on.
 

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Well, practice makes permanent! :D
 

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That link is a good start. This will probably be confusing, but make sure you don't push her out of her gait. If you ask too much, they can get pacey. But, I would start with her flat-walk. Assuming its fine in the arena, work on that one gait....a lot. Then squeeze her up just a little, but at the same time make sure you keep her collected. Make her use her extra energy in her gait. Collecting her should help. She looked kinda strung out. I know that was confusing, but good luck!
 

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i would use a bit on her.my tn walker if i dont use a bit on her but try to ride her with a halter its a very uncomfortable ride!or at least a hackamore.(i dont know what your using right now)
 
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