|Idaho 5 year old TWH ridden in Parelli halter,
and a bridle and snaffle bit with Western, bareback pad, dressage saddles
in roundpen and pasture and hills. by Experianced Rider
Question: When he was young he would trot when I lunged him, then I
read gaits of gold and the other book and they said not to let him, so
he hasnt since then. Then it said that
We are on second level Parelli and I love it. I thought I couldnt
train a horse to come this
Thank you very much.
From Panelists Nancy
You don't need to collect him. If you don't want to collect him - don't. He can do his running walk stretched out and let down - or collected. You can work him both ways, let down or collected. I like to teach my horses to go either way. That way you can collect them if you wish, or let them stretch out and relax. They can cover a lot of ground that way and it would be less tiring.
From Panelists Lee
Question: When he was young he would trot when I lunged him,then I read gaits of gold and the other book and they said not to let him, so he hasnt since then...
Actually, it won't hurt him to trot on the longe line, and may even help if the horse is naturally pacey to allow him to trot from time to time, when you want the gait.
Then it said that to let him walk with his head out and relaxed and so we did and he is very relaxed.
Well, that is a first step ...
It said to canter uphills and we did.
Usually cantering up hill is a good thing for a horse with a pace problem, not quite as necessary for one that is inclined to be trotting.
He can do a bunch of gaits, which I read one of your responses and that is Ok, but you said I need to know which one I want.
Yes, it helps to tell him what you want. First, of course, you have to know what you want and be able to identify it from the saddle. You don't say, but have you had experience doing this? It helps to have a knowledgeable ground person spotting for you, so that you can learn the feel of the different gaits your horse is doing instantly.
So I will do that this year. I can ride him bridless and he is always relaxed. I dont have to hang on him at all.
While this may be useful for a western type horse that does not have extra gaits, it is not such a useful thing in a gaited horse, where the gaits depend to a great extent on how the horse carries his head, neck and back.
My question is should I bring him in and collect him, I am very confused on this.
Yes and no. To get any kind of a consistent running walk you will probably have to teach the horse to travel with a higher head and neck than he is currently carrying (assuming he is traveling like a western Pleasure horse, or at least in a somewhat strung out manner) and to bring his nose toward the vertical. But, to get that collection, you don't want to "bring him in" by pulling back on the reins to set his head. Instead, take constant, steady, even, light (weight of a plum) contact with his mouth through the reins, and push the horse into that contact by squeezing with your legs. His head will rise as a result, if you don't yield your hands forward. That is the beginning of true collection.
I have no one up here with a Walker that I can ask. I dont want to start hanging on his face.
There is a big difference between riding with contact and "hanging on his face" -- but some people think that any contact is bad. It isn't --- in fact it is necessary to communicate to the horse how he needs to carry himself in the gait. The kind of contact you need, however, will look like pulling to someone accustomed to seeing horses ridden with thrown away reins in the typical western style. While that may work with horses who don't have extra gears, it won't work with a multigaited TWH.
We are on second level Parelli and I love it.
It is a useful system -- however, some parts of it may not help you
with a gaited horse. Remember that the method is geared toward trotting
horses, most especially stock/western horses, not ones that need to work
in collection. One aspect of it that may actually interfere with the way
a gaited horse must work is the use of the rope reins and slobber straps
-- they are great for adding weight to the bit and causing a horse to lower
his head and somewhat extend his neck -- but when you want to bring the
horse into a different "Frame" or body use so he can do his gait, they
can interfere. I would change them for some light latigo reins (1/2
inch or no more than 5/8 inch) . You might also want to consider
a change from the ring snaffle to an eggbutt which will be a bit more stable
in the horse's mouth
If you could explain what you think I should do I would really appreciate it.
Thank you very much.
I tried! I hope this helps some. Good luck with your horse.