|Illinois 4 year old Tenn. Walking Horse with
Professional Training. Ridden in Walking Horse bit and Western saddle in
Lot and trails by experienced rider.
From Panelist Theresa
There are a few things you can do for your pacey horse.
The most natural way is slow down and take it easy. This may help or may not when you accelerate your gait. So much depends on the conformation of your horse.
When I have pacey horse that conformationally are pacey, I will work them over cavellettis, ground poles , or grass seed rows (but im sure not everyone has grass seed rows in their back yard :o) ) The cavelettis need to be spaced about 1.5 feet apart give or take a little. He should be able to dog walk over them without and interference of the poles. You may need to shorten or lengthen depending in his natural stride. Next increase your speed and with that increase the poles by about 4-6 inches. When he can go through without interference from the poles, you can speed up again. You may need to lengthen a small amount again. This will force your horse to lift rather than swing his hind feet changing the footfall pattern. The easiest way and quickest way would be to add weight and toe length on the front feet only. Keep the back feet bare and shorter in the toe. This will slow down and create lift in the front end, both working to break apart the pace. The problem with this quick fix is that if you are inadvertantly asking the horse to pace, he may go on and eventually pace with this setup, and compound your problem.
If the problem is rider or tack induced, there are several things
to check on.
Best of luck with your boy.
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