|Rocky Mnt cross , will not gait in hand.
Massachuss Rocky Mnt cross, reg as Kent Mtn 6 year old.Riden in halter bridle, with mullen copper bit in Orthoflex Eng Stitchdown saddle. In round pen; pasture by intermediate rider.
Question: When I purchased Strider he was green broke; it took a great deal of time for him to "find his feet" and gait coonsitantly without breaking into a trot. He now does, and his balance improves continually.
My problem is out of the saddle. He will not gait in hand, on
a longe line or in the round pen - he just trots! Yet under saddle,
he gaits. How do you train a horse to gait in hand?
From Panelists Darla
Many gaited horses do not gait on the line or in the field. Training them to
do this would require a LOT of unnecessary aids. In my opinion you should
accept him as he is and enjoy his gait under saddle. You did not mention
what breed he is crossed with but if he is crossed out of an ungaited breed
you are very fortunate to have him gait under saddle.
From Panelists Laura
If your horse is gaiting well under saddle, it is not really necessary
However, if you want to work on gait in the round pen, you will need
Enjoy your horse under saddle and don't worry too much about what gait