||Georgia 8 year old TWH ridden in Western saddle
in rd pen and ring , pasture by beginner to intermediate rider
Question: This is a new horse for me , bought from a trader, I am unsure
of what type of bit to use, rode her twice in a wonder bit, broken
snaffle type, she does fine just doesn't seem to have as much whoa or turn,
so I am not sure if that is the right bit for her, but overall she does
quite well, not sure of her breed because I am new at the gaited horse
breed but she has a very smooth gait, and a nice smooth canter, actually
I have a hard time telling the difference. :-)
From Panelist Laura
Sometimes these horses haven't really been taught to turn.
A lot of them
have been taught to gait going up & down a barn aisle so they haven't
much experience in learning to bend and turn. Work on your turning
a dog walk (slow walk). Encourage her to give her head slightly
inside when you ask for a turn and praise her if she makes a halfway
turn without tripping or stumbling. Start out with big circles
and make the
cirlces smaller as she gets better at turning. Once she
figures this out at
a dog walk, speed her up a little at larger circles and then again
smaller circles with more speed. Don't spend more than a few
day doing this. You don't want to get her sour on turning.
For stopping, you might check to see if your curb chain is engaging.
should be able to rotate the wonder bit shanks a couple of inches when
pull back on the reins. If the shanks rotate all the way back,
curb chain up a little. Just like the circles, work on stopping.
with your heels down. Say whoa quietly while you gently pull
back on your
reins. Pull harder until the horse stops. As soon as she
stops, release the
rein pressure and praise her. At first, stop her in the same
spot so she
will anticipate a little. Once she gets good at stopping in one
her in other places. Only use whoa for a stop. Don't use
whoa to mean slow
down or pay attention.