|Non-USA, Tennessee Walking Horse 4 year
old ridden in O-ring snaffle and Tennessean saddle in a rectangular
corral by middle aged intermediate level rider.
Question: Yesterday, while someone else was on my TWH's back, he started to pace. In his defence, this person is not an experienced gaited horse person, however I did not expect to see what I saw. My walker has paced on me only a couple of times for short spurts in the corral while training. He usually gives me a nice big fast, comfortable walk and his cantr is fine. He will walk all day if I ask him to. It's only when he's asked to speed up through his fast walk to a canter that he sometimes breaks into a pace.
He's only 4 - and has only been ridden seriously in the last couple of weeks. I am not a professional trainer, nor is there a professional walker trainer available to me in my area, but there are several experienced horse people who understand the gaits, one who is working with me on his neck reigning. He's coming along just fine, this pacing bothers me though.
Will I be able to train this out of him if I simply bring him down from
it whenever it rears its ugly head and start again?
From Panelists Nancy
Yes, that is exactly what you should do. That is how you will
From Panelists Robin