|TWH has great gait at play, choppy under
Washington TWH 6 Year Old ridden in shank, with a snaffle mouthpiece
in a cutback saddle in the ring by a medium level rider.
Question: I started with horses late in life, and before I owned one
I took saddleseat lessons with a well respected trainer for two years.
I am now on my own, but before I left my trainers barn I purchased my horse,
at 4 yo TWH. My trainer brought him from Tennesse as a big lick candidate,
but after 2 months he said the horse didn't like it, and he wasn't going
to make him do it. Now as I look at his papers I think maybe everyone (all
four owners in four years of his life) came to the same conclusion. He
is a wonderful horse! Loving and sensetive, kind and playful. I have no
intention to show him, only to love him and ride him. My question is: when
he is playing in his pasture he has a beautiful walk, when he follows me
on the ground he is loose and striding, but when I saddle him up he gets
short and choppy. I left him free for a year, just to relax after the pressure
of training but I suspect that he has performance anxiety whenever he is
ridden. How can I get him to relax !
From Panelists Darla
Hello, I had a problem something like this with a horse I trained
Have you ever ridden your horse bareback? It is worth a try.
It could be he
Anyway back to the horse I trained. We later found out (with ultrasound)
From Panelist Laura
I think you are on the right track with taking it easy with this horse.
Try riding him mostly in a dog walk and teach him to come off the bit
Once you get him walking quietly on a loose rein, then you can gradually