|Non-USA, 3 year old Morgan ridden in snaffle
and english saddle in round pen pasture by meduim level rider
Question: I have raised and broken this gelding myself to both harness and saddle. It was during this training and observation from my wife that this horse did not trot.
Clancy is very personable and willing. I am very keen to train this
horse properly to the gaits which he obviously is predisposed to. One lady,
who is experienced with singlefoot
From Panelist Lee
What you do with the horse is going to depend a lot on what gait he
You can put regular shoes on him if he needs them to protect his hooves
As far as developing his gait -- ride him at a speed he is comfortable
Good luck and enjoy your gaited Morgan.
From Panelist Laura
Actually, you can do quite a bit of gait work in a round pen (60 ft diameter works well). When long-lining, you can see what gait the horse is doing and add a bit of collection to help improve the gait as needed. I like to see the horse learn to balance on the turns which working in circles or arcs can help. For trimming, keep the horse to his natural angles (match hoof angles to pastern angles) and if shod, use a light shoe.
One of the things that I find works best with teaching gait to most
gaited horses is to loudly praise them when the "ride becomes smooth."
Don't lean forward to pet them since this usually throws them out of gait,
but use your voice to let them know they are giving you the right gait.
As your horse gets better at giving you a smooth gait, gradually ask for
more speed (slow down if it gets rough). As for your seat position,
most gaited horses work
Good luck & enjoy your nice horse.
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