|Indiana RMH/KMSH 2 year old riden in English
snaffle bit with Australian saddle in round pen, mile long lane,
160 acres (farm and woods) by novice rider.
Question: I've had a Missouri Fox Trotter for years and just purchased
a two yr. old RMH/KMSH gelding. I've never had that young of a horse
before and after I purchased the horse and took him home, I found out he
didn't like to be brushed or have his feet picked up (kicked at me).
I contacted the owner and he said he's just ridden him maybe a dozen times
(I knew he was green broke), but never brushed him or picked up his feet.
I've never purchased a horse that hadn't been handled. I heard a
young horse needs to walk a lot to learn their gait and not to canter them
until they have their gait down. But I keep hearing about pacing.
I have no idea what that means. I know when I video tape him to have
him certified and he's not suppose to pace. Since he's young, I don't
want him started to pace, then have trouble changing him later. Can
you explain (in layman's terms!) it to me? I hear people talk about
it all the time.
From Panelists Laura
Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. Be careful but