|Side-Stepping Gaited Mare
Arkansas, Gaited 7 year old Mare.I just bought her, she has no
professional training, I ride her in a western saddle in the pasture, Rider
has almost no experiance.
Question: I am having a real hard time controlling this 7 year old.
From Panelists Nancy Cade
You state that you have no riding experience. First, you need to know if your horse knows anything. If you have no riding knowledge and your horse doesn't know anything, the two of you are apt to have a very difficult time, even though she is of a gentle nature. Have you seen her ridden? If you have and she went well, then you know that she has had some nice training. If you have not seen her ridden, then I would advise you to take her to a trainer or experienced rider and let them ride her and find out what she knows or does not know. If she has had some training and goes well, then you should get some riding instruction from an experienced gaited rider and have them help you learn to ride her correctly.
If she has not had any training, judging from the way she goes, then I would advise you to take her to someone who trains flat shod gaited horses and have her get some training and you could get some training from them also. You and your horse will be partners so you need to understand how to communicate with her. Don't be discouraged. I'm sure she's a very nice and honest horse and the two of you will become good buddies. It does take work - and that is true with every horse that anyone trains. At first we are asking our horses to do things that they have absolutely no knowledge of. They were not born with saddles and bridles on. So we need to learn in order to teach them what we want. It is fun and very rewarding.
From Panelists Laura
It sounds like you need to get some help in training this horse. I would highly recommend that you take her to a local trainer and take some riding lessons on your new horse after she has had some work. You don't need to hit her, it will probably just make your problems worse. She needs to be shown what to do by someone who knows how to teach her.
From Panelists Christine
Riding is a tricky thing, you have to spend many hours in the saddle
to become a competent rider. Even with a well trained horse you need to
learn the cues. I like to think of a Mac Truck. Those trucks drive very
well on the road, they are perfectly obedient and while I know how to drive
a pick-up truck, I am sure if I got into a Mac Truck I could not even get
it off the lot. And it would not be the truck's fault! I am glad you are
not following the advice to get after the horse, I can guarantee you it