|Ohio 5 year old standardbred ridden in
tom thumb with western/endurance saddle in arena, open field by experienced
Question: I have recently put my standardbred in training to learn how
to gait. I would like him to either do a running walk or a rack.
He can gait for about 20 feet and then he breaks into something else, bottom
line is that he can't maintain it. He also tries to canter.
I am not sure how to go about getting him to do what I want.
From Panelists Nancy
You say that your standardbred can gait for about 20 feet. Then
don't ask for any more than that for a while. When he can gait consistently
for 20 feet, then ask for a little more. If he breaks, stop him and start
over asking for him to gait. Whenever he breaks, stop him from the canter or
whatever he is doing, and ask again for him to gait. Hold him very straight
and steady. Gradually he will be able to be consistent at longer distances
as it becomes easier for him.
Fraom Panelists Laura