||Missouri 3 year old Walking Paint/MFT with
60 days professional training ridden in Hackamore or Full cheek snaffle
and Western roper & all purpose english saddle in round pen,
outdoor arena by intermediate beginner rider.
Question: My gelding is very intelligent, and a quick learner. The trainer
trained him in the
basics of general horsemanship(walk,trot,canter etc.) He stops on a
dime, and will back from one end of the arena to the other. The problem
is he is not motivated to move out faster than a working walk. The trainer
said he had to use spurs on him to keep him going. I tried this as well
as a crop with minimal success. I am not at a point to take lessons (no
trailer) and haven't found a trainer that will come to where my horse is.
I know that my seat is not the best so I am sure that is 98% of the problem.
Do you know of any training books that I can gain acess to? Golden
Gaits, and Heavenly gaits seem to me to describe the gaits, but I need
to know how to get my horse to the point of doing the gaits. He is an awsome
horse, he holds up his back feet when I pick them out , and is very affectionate
and loves to be fussed with. But I want more. I want to enjoy those heavenly
gaits. I have on a couple of occasions (by dumb luck on my part) to gait
out for me and even got him to canter once and his gaits are truly heavenly!
I know that a lot of the problem is due to my lack of training and his
lack of maturity. Please help me if you can.
From Panelist Laura
It sounds like you have a nice horse that is still a little green
this riding stuff). Don't worry too much about getting him to
gait all the
time. Whenever he goes into the nice, smooth gait, praise &
pet him. Urge
him to speed up a little at a time and if he gets rough, slow him down
little until he is smooth again. Sounds like you both just need
time. He's only 3 and will get better as he gets older.
Take your time &
enjoy your horse.