Not sure if this is something I really want to train for (never tried) but my new OTSTB trotter will do a smooth single foot gait the problem is he doesn't always pick it up (was told I need a bit for him to lean on) and I'm not sure how to ask for it. He does it when I try to slow down his HUGE trot, when he collects he goes into this smooth gait, I really like it and I would like to encourage it.
He is currently wearing a plain loose ring snaffle and he is currently barefoot (I'm looking into boots just trying to find ones that are easy to put on and don't weigh a ton) is this something worth trying? He is super sweet and very willing (if slightly confused) by the saddle and I know all he needs is patience and a few wet saddle pads and he will be a fantastic riding horse.
I was originally wanting him for dressage, but he is not happy in an arena and prefers riding out on trails, maybe combined training if we keep our arena work to a minimum, he does have a sweet jump on him (he took himself over jumps in turnout)
Thanks in advance!