|TWH/QH Gelding Used to do running walk,
now very trotty!
Tennessee TWH/QH Cross, 4 years old. Ridden in D ring jointed snaffle and light weight western in passture, trails, quiet roads by intermediate rider.
Question: I own a 4 year old TWH/QH gelding. I rescued him as
a baby, and didn't know much about him except that his mother is a QH.
After we started him under saddle, one day out of the blue this wonderfully
smooth running walk magically appeared. I have since found out his
sire is a triple reg. TWH. My problem is that sometimes he tends
to be very trotty. He has kegs on all 4 since we ride on everything
from dirt trails to pavement. This is the first gaited horse I have
ever owned, and I thought he was full QH for a long time. There are
no trainers in my area, so I am on my own. I have no trouble getting
him into the RW, but sometimes he breaks into a trot and nearly jars me
out of the saddle. Also ,and I know he is just anxious to get home,
he does much better on the way back. He tends to stay in gait longer
then, and when he does break, it isn't quite as "dramatic". How can
I get him to hold the gait longer? One more thing. What kind of bit
should I be using? !
From Panelists Robin
My response to this is keep him in the snaffle it is quite suitable
for the horse and horses gait just fine in a snaffle. His RW has
probably appeared due to consistent riding and better muscling in the horse.
In order to build on this just gradually increase the time you keep him
in gait and build on that.If the horse does break gait stop them. Ask the
horse for the gait and when he answers praise the hell out of him. Not
just verbally but by STROKING the neck.Try that and see what happens? Of
course your consistancy with
Best to you,
From Panelists Nancy
What a wonderfully nice surprise you had when your horse started gaiting!