New York, 3 1/2 year old PERUVIAN ridden in SNAFFLE and WESTERN saddle in RING by EXPERIENCED rider

Question: JUST A GENERAL QUESTION. CAN YOU PERMENANTLY "RUIN" A
NATURALLY GAITED HORSE SO THAT HE WILL NEVER GAIT AGAIN? THANKYOU.
 



From Panelist Laura

No.  You can make it hard to teach the horse the proper gait if you are rough with the horse in teaching him "not to gait."  But I don't think any horse is permanently ruined.



From Panelists Lee

Well, if you continually ride him in a "wrong" gait, that gait will become
his most comfortable, "favorite"  natural gait, and he will be less inclined
to do any other gait he might have started out doing.  If you keep this up
long enough, he will lose the muscle development that works for the "other"
gaits, and they will become even more difficult for him.

Horses can get "stuck" in one gait after doing only that gait for a long
time.  A really good rider can usually "unstick" them, but it is not easy,
and for some horses, not possible.

Lee Ziegler

 

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