|Minnesota 3 1/2 year old Foxtrotter with Professional
Training, ridden in a variety of bits /wonder bit in wintec western/tucker
endurance in pasture/road/trail by beginner.
Question: I have two specific problems with this young horse.
2. He can foxtrot, but he most frequently paces. His pace is incredibly rough and certainly not what I wanted when I bought a gaited horse. I would like to sell this lemon as we are all afraid of him. How can I improve his gait to make him more attractive to a potential buyer?
Thanks for any help,
From Panelist Jonathan
My recommendation to your first question is , stop riding him before you ruin him .
To your second , even when making lemonade some technique is required . But , obviously no one at your facility is schooled for the job at hand .
I'm kind of a do it myself guy and really like getting folks started
on solving their own problems . But this will be my third recommendation
this month to seek a qualified trainer . Now the key word here is 'qualified'
. Four months is more than enough time to put brakes on and screw down
the pace to a smooth gait . As usual , my impression is that the
And before you get up a head of steam up to sell the lemon , think about
this . Unless you ready to cut your losses and dump him , it is going to
take the same amount of money put into training this guy right , whether
you keep him or sell him . The only catch is , when you are through making
him a good boy , you will know without a doubt what you have.
Also , more than likely you will need to sell low (the next step in this learning process). Buy high (the second step) because of your newly acquired knowledge and tastes . Not fun ! Always remember the least amount of financial expenditure in regards to owning a horse is the purchase price , so you may as well start off with a horse that does what you require.
And then there is always the possibility that the new buyer is more
than likely a "beginner" and if the money is not spent to lock the horse
in , the same old problem will raise it's ugly head . Now , Yes , I know
in this industry sometimes shipping problems down the road is quid pro
quo , and more than likely what happened to you , but some where down the
Again , my advise is spend the money , get a "qualified" trainer , see what you have when he is finished and go from there . Sorry to hear of this , for you and the horse .
From Panelist Nancy
Sounds like your horse is just plain "not broke." He would require a lot of training to change his gait, especially with his very bad habits of running off and bucking. I'm sure, by now, he knows very well what he is doing. I hate to say this, but my advice to you would be to sell this horse "as is." And I also would advise you to be sure and tell any prospective buyer of this horse's actions. If you sell him like this, I'm sure you would have to take a big loss financially, but the sooner you get rid of him, the better. You don't want any more broken bones and the next time someone gets thrown, it might be worse. Sorry about this advice.
From Panelist Darla
Send him to a trainer again but make sure you get someone that knows GAITED horses. He needs his ground work before he is ridden. No horse has brakes under saddle until he is schooled to know what brakes are. Now he has thrown two people so he has a little problem there. He needs someone that knows how to deal with this problem.
From Panelist Bob
I believe that most of your problem is coming from the "wonder" bit. These are a very severe elevator (gag) type of bit. In addition they can be used as a broken mouth curb bit with the "nut cracker" effect.
Assuming that there are no dental or physical problems I would begin retraining your horse with a D ring or full cheek snaffle. Work him slowly at a walk until you can keep him in a rounded frame before asking for more speed. The fox trot is not a fast gait. Many times a fox trotter starts pacing because it is being asked for too much speed too soon.
From Panelist Liz
Improving gait for this horse since he you know he will fox trot is
really in your hands. This is a young horse and it can take several years
to get him set in gait so he knows how to carry it himself with out rider
support and this will only come from knowing how to support
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