|California 13 year old Rocky Mountain ridden
in Full Cheek snaffle and Austrailian in Round pen, small outdoor arena
by beginner, have worked with trainer a little on
Question: I've just moved to area, and had this mare sent here.
She delivered her foal on 3/22/01 so I rode her yesterday( April 5th)
for my first time. She was fine but am unfamiliar
I don't know anyone who works with gaited in the area and have her boarded on a qtr. horse ranch.
By Panelist Liz
Since this mare has recently foaled I suspect she is not in physical
condition to hold gait but for so long before breaking with out some support
for her to maintain. At this time I would do lots of walking and work on
gait for very short amounts of times until she is in
You should be fine working in a snaffle bit and to help her stay in gait you may need to keep leg on her to keep her going forward for awhile but when she does start to get stronger you will want to start to lightly release your leg pressure and get her to hold the gait on her own. Even if you get just a couple of strides with out continued leg pressure reward her with a voice.
She may also need help in keeping her head collected and set for a while
but again at some point you will want her to carry collection herself with
out having to hold her set all the time. Just as with leg pressure, a little
at a time release the rein contact just a bit and keep pushing her with
leg and see if she will hold it for you. When she starts to fall out of
She does need to be in good physical condition though before she can
hold gait for any length of time. It takes about 9 weeks riding 5-6 days
a week an hour a day for a horse to be in really good condition and be
able to hold the rocky mountain gait for 3 , 5-7 minute
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