||Virginia 4 year old Quarter Horse ridden
in Western Bridle and Saddle in Pasture by Beginner.
Question: I want to know how to make my Quarter hose gait. I need to
know what kind of shoes to put on him, and if I should put heavy shoes
on the front or back.
From Panelists Lee
It is very hard to get a typical Quarter horse to do any of the easy
They are not born to be gaited, in most cases, and you can't
easy gait on a horse that is not built to do one.
However, some Quarter horses can do a fox trot. But, the way to
to do it does not rely on heavy shoes. Keep your horse shod at his
physically appropriate angle in normal keg shoes. Now, to get
him to do a
slow fox trot, first teach him to do a fast ordinary walk. Ride
him in the
walk he does, then squeeze with your legs at alternating steps, encouraging
him to take longer and faster steps. At the same time, check him with
squeezes and releases on the reins (use two hands for this) to keep
going too fast. When he starts to do a faster walk, reward him
in the saddle and slacking off any pressure on the reins. This
take several weeks to a month, but eventually he will be doing the
walk he can. When he is comfortable in that fast walk, again
push him for
some speed, but this time check him just before he breaks into a trot.
method, light squeezes and releases on the reins to slow him, squeezes
both legs to push him on for speed). In time, if you are careful
in the way
you time your leg and rein aids, he will start to do a very slow fox
That is about all you can expect from a Quarter horse in the way of
They have been bred for a long time *not* to be gaited and in a way
working against nature to ask one to do anything other than a walk,
From Panelists Laura
Getting your quarter horse to gait depends on how much natural ability
he has for producing a smooth/4-beat gait. Some trotting breed horses
can do a single-foot or amble which can be fairly smooth & nice to
ride. If your horse doesn't already have some natural ability, putting
heavy shoes on his feet won't force him to gait. You could try putting
a wide-web keg shoe on his back feet, leave the front feet barefoot and
ride him downhill a lot to see if he will start swinging with his back
end. You might be better served by not messing with his feet and
enjoying him with an activity which he was bred for.