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I have studied dressage for over 50 years. After the death of my last horse, I thought I should pick a horse more appropriate for my age (75) and health issues. I bought a Tennessee Walker mare. She is sound, sane, sensible and will trail ride alone or with company. She is just under 15 hands. I found that what I loved about dressage was the schooling process. I don’t know what to do with a pacer. I know she has an excellent trot. (Standardbred Pacers usually need hopples to keep them in a pace) Is the running walk or pacing so natural to TWH that it can’t easily be changed? I feel that she been schooled to always pace. Has anyone had any luck or suggestions for convincing a walker to give up the pace and actually trot.
Should I give up and just work with the walk and canter?
PS by pacing I mean a lateral gait between walk and canter.
Not sure I have any suggestions, but if it helps many years ago a friend of mine had a TWH who was trained and shown very successfully as a hunter. So, it can be done.
It is never the horse's fault
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