||Missouri Fox Trotter Pacing
Question: I've had a Missouri Fox Trotter for years and just purchased
two yr. old RMH/KMSH gelding. I've never had that young of a
and after I purchased the horse and took him home, I found out he didn't
to be brushed or have his feet picked up (kicked at me). I contacted
owner and he said he's just ridden him maybe a dozen times (I knew
green broke), but never brushed him or picked up his feet. I've
purchased a horse that hadn't been handled. I heard a young horse
walk a lot to learn their gait and not to canter them until they have
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
pace. Since he's young, I don't want him started to pace, then
changing him later. Can you explain (in layman's terms!) it to
me? I hear
people talk about it all the time.
From Panelist Laura
Camille, sounds like you have your work cut out for you. Be careful
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
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,
fast 4-beat gait for your certification tape. Good luck with
your new horse.