Kentucky 4 year old  Tennessee Walker, ridden in 4" shank and plantation saddle in fields by average rider.

Question: the gelding used to have a fantastic, wonderful smooth gait....
he has gotten "pacey" the last few times I've ridden him.  I started him out in a wonder bit; could that be it???
the bit I'm using now just has a 4" shank with a broken bit.

From Panelist Laura
There are several things that could contribute to your horse becoming pacey - 
it could be the bit, the amount of collection he is ridden with, the type of 
shoes he is wearing, the angles of his feet, the length of his feet, and/or 
the terrain.  You might want to start the process of elimination with putting 
him back in the wonder bit first, then check his feet.


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