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Re: [RC] [RC] Improving the walk, - Truman Prevatt

I have a mare with a 6 mph walk. I've gotten on other horses with a 2 mph walk no matter how hard I push them on with my seat. Some can do it and some can't. Maybe they can be taught to do it but it's not all the rider - although the rider can influence. However, if a rider with stiff hips got on the mare they would either not have stiff hips or would be hurting from her thrust.

Truman

Maureen A. Fager wrote:

Jennifer asked "How DO you teach a horse to lengthen in the walk."

Lif mentioned "As everyone has mentioned who's experienced the
power walk, once you've learned to loosen up your waist and let your butt waddle with the gait, it's very fast, very smooth."


I am beginning to believe that a rider with with the loose waist and hips really influences the speed of the walk. I think riders who are stiff in the hips slow the horses down, perhaps the hips and seat can't keep up with the horses motion??

This is my observation as the horses I have owned have been slow walkers, and I think the missing piece is me, not them, and working on looseing up my hips and relax has helped the horse walk out, however, it is difficult for me to maintain this.

That's my 2 cents anyway.

Cheers,
Maureen
Reno, NV




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Re: [RC] [RC] Improving the walk,, Maureen A. Fager