||QTR/STB Cross 2 year old, how to get gait
Question: This is a wonderful 2-year old colt sired by a foundation
horse and out of a Standardbred pacing mare. The mare does rack. When
foal was first born, he would gait out in the pasture. Now that he
saddle broken, his trainer says he will not gait at all. He has the
easy gait of a quarter horse. Is there any way to encourage this horse
gait, or would it be a lot of trouble with special shoeing, etc. ?
I want to
keep him because he has a fantastic dispostion, but I would like him
From Panelist Nancy
.If this colt was gaiting out in pasture, he is able to gait.
like your trainer does not know how to get it. Does he ever hit
walk? If he does, tell your trainer to develop the gait from
that. If he
doesn't ever do an ambly walk, then the trainer must work to develop
this time, he should not allow him to jog or trot, but should concentrate
developing the gait. It might take quite a bit of patient and
work, all the while insisting on the walk and what can be derived from
Don't go to any fancy shoeing. Remember, he didn't need it out
From Panelists Lee
You are fighting genetics here -- this horse may not be born to
rack. Babies frequently do rack -- even those of non gaited breeds
lose the ability as they mature. Of course, at 2 this colt is
... but that is another question entirely.
I think to rack him, if he has the ability at all, a different bit might
indicated ... I am assuming the bit you are using is a normal snaffle
without shanks. Since this horse needs to raise his head and
back to rack, that bit is not the best choice. A regular curb
(for which he
is not ready at this age) or even a wonder bit might work better.
would be to leave him alone to mature for a year, do the basics (right,
left, stop) and then teach him to gait if he can learn as a 3 year