Missouri Fox Trotter Pacing

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.
Thanks!
 
 
 



From Panelist Laura
Camille, sounds like you have your work cut out for you.  Be careful but very 
firm while working on your new horse's ground manners.  As far as the pace - 
this is a lateral two beat gait.  Watch your horse from the ground and if he 
is pacing, you will see the front & rear legs on one side of the body move 
forward & back together.  It can be a very rough gait to ride.  You may need 
to find a trainer in your area to teach your horse to do a consistant, fairly 
fast 4-beat gait for your certification tape.  Good luck with your new horse.
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