|Florida 7 month old Racking/Saddelbred
Question... What type of special training is needed for my 7 month colt
to bring out the gaits. When should I begin and is there things I can do
or should I get a professional trainer for gaited horses. I am earning
his trust now with basic halter
From Panelist Liz
You don't want him to get sour before ever starting under saddle. Keep him fresh and looking forward to his job. At this age the attention span is very limited to don't ask for more then his adolescent mind can handle at this age. You have plenty of time. Let him be a baby and grow up happy but well mannered.
From Panelist Lee
Nothing special at this age -- let him grow up and be a horse, but teach him manners, being led, maybe pony him off another horse, just whatever you would do with a non-gaited baby of this age. When he is ready to start serious ground work (about age 2) you can ground drive him , teach him to work on a longe line, again most of what you would do with a non-gaited colt. At age 3 or so he can be started under saddle, and at that time you will need the help of someone who knows about gaits.
In the mean time, try to read as much as you can about the different gaits of gaited horses, watch other people train and ride their gaited horses, and learn as much as possible about gaits.
Good luck to you.
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