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Re: [RC] Can you teach a horse to walk faster? - Ellen Zawada

This is the same method I used with my guys, very successfully!  It's all about being consistent.  I also found that is helped to do this while riding with other horses that were moving out a little bit faster than my guy.  If the other horses were a lot faster than he would get frusterated and want to trot to catch up.

Barbara McCrary <bigcreekranch@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
<a horse with my calf muscle just as his opposite hind foot left the ground.
Usually, they will lengthen the stride when you bump. I would bump them for
a few strides, then let them relax then bump them a few strides, then let
them relax. If they have it in them to extend the walk (and a few really
never will) they will begin to do a nice long swingy walk. Nancy>>

Michelle, I forgot to mention this method, too. I also used it, and it does
help a whole lot. You get used to bumping in synchronization with the
horse's footsteps and it becomes quite rhythmic.


----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, October 30, 2007 12:45 PM
Subject: [RC] Can you teach a horse to walk faster?

>I have a nice mare that I am conditioning for endurance. She's an 8 yr
> Arab, 14hh with short legs. She's been undersaddle for 2 and a half years.
> She can do a great, big strided trot, and a nice smooth canter. But her
> walk is SLOW!. My husband just got a horse who has a fast walk. I'd like
> my horse to have a faster walk. Is this just in her genes or can I teach
> her to walk faster? I've tried a bit but she almost always just breaks
> into a trot. I've rarely, if ever gotten her to walk fast, big strided and
> I've owned her for 2.5 years?


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Re: [RC] Can you teach a horse to walk faster?, Barbara McCrary