|Young Paso Fino won't walk
Florida : Paso Fino 2 1/2 years Gelding I have owned 8 months
Lungeing with halter with fleece cover in a Western reining saddle in Paddock
by Intermediate Rider
Question: My gelding has only had 3 sessions under saddle. The trainer has not actually sat on the horse's back yet. Just on/off, lifting leg, mounting from of-side. My horse, Cory, is lungeing nicely (althought stubborn initially), saddles like a pro, stands untied while being saddled, moving forward nicely. However today, trainer began driving him with long reins and Cory would not give in. After the initial adjustment period he was making nice soft turns, doing real good. BUT then he wouldn't walk, he just either trotted or cortoed. The trainer continued to cue him to walk, when Cory wouldn't walk, trainer made him move out faster. By the time the session was over, Cory was blowing and had raw spots on his nose where halter had rubbed him. My question, having never owned a Paso Fino before, is this; are there any limitations to the ability to WALK for a Paso Fino? Does their brio prevent them to settle down to a calm walk as they do in the paddock or while being led? This may sound crazy but I seem to remember several advertisements for Paso Finos mentioning "walks calmly" indicating that many do not or can not do this. Thanks for your time and advice on this issue,
From Panelists Laura
My first thought on this horse is that he is only 2 1/2 years old.
Is he mature enough to be doing the amount of work asked of him?
Are his work sessions short (10 - 15 min) and kind? Is he being worked
past his attention span & stamina level? You have many years
before you with this horse. Pushing him too fast to start with isn't
going to do him any favors later on in life. Most gaited horses take
longer to mature than the trotting breeds
You said he had only 3 sessions so far with your trainer. Perhaps
you are expecting too much too soon? Don't push your trainer for
fast results. After only 3 sessions, it is a little much to expect
a colt to know exactly what you want. As far as brio goes, yes, some
horses have more fire than others and can be harder to settle down.
Usually, you need to get them calm & relaxed to get them to walk.
If every session with this colt should turn
From Panelists Nancy
My question, having never owned a Paso Fino before, is this; are there any limitations to the ability to WALK for a Paso Fino? Does their brio prevent them to settle down to a calm walk as they do in the paddock or while being led?
My answer to your question is that if the horse can walk in the pasture,
he can also walk under saddle while being ridden. From what
you say, I believe your horse is getting excited and probably frightened,
and he will not calm down by being made to go faster. The first
thing he needs to learn is to be calm and relaxed in his work - and then
he will walk. His training is just beginning and this is a very important
time in his education and it is very important that he learn the right
things. To walk, he must be relaxed. Good
From Panelists Robin
Your horse seems to be willing and intelligent but it appears as this horses' first trainer was incomplete in relating to the horse that forward motion is at the walk,FIRST. I think learning to walk off is as important as whoa. Now I know it appears as if you could never take the enge off a Paso by lunging them but is important that you ask for the same commands on the lunge and daily handling. You will have to go back and "retrain" him that we walk first and then the horse accelerates when asked. All this as to be executed when they have been worked enough to become willing to cooperate.
I have a mare that was the same way when I started handling her.
She wanted to Blow Out of the stall when you got her out. I retrained
her by going back to the basics. Now when handled by others who let her"get
away" with running out of the stall I have to retrain again. Some
things are not set in stone in their horse minds. Which brings me
to another suggestionon perhaps you should slow down on the progression
in training. Go slower
From Panelists Christine
My question, having never owned a Paso Fino before, is this; are there any limitations to the ability to WALK for a Paso Fino?
Back up a few steps with your horse. If he can't walk relaxed while
being grounddriven I would suggest the trainer missed a few steps. I like
grounddriving as it teaches horses about going forward and turning, but
for me it is very important that the horses are quiet and understand what
is asked of them every step of the way. I want horse to know that when
they are unsure of what is asked they can stop and ask for a clearer signal.