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    08-13-2012, 04:08 PM
Green Broke
If a horse is pacing fast the rider will be rocking side to side. Actually once a horse approaches racing speeds at a pace it will smooth out. Until it approaches racing speeds it kind OMG! And wrap your hands into the mane and wish you had some place to wrap your toes too.

Look at some of the speed racking videos and standardbreds racing under saddle on youtube.

Moni Maker is a trotter but she is great to watch anyhow. Notice her trot looks quit different from a horse trotting down the trail.
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    08-13-2012, 10:07 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
This thread seems a little bit absurd to me.

LOL! I think teaching a gaiting horse to trot on purpose defeats the purpose of going gaited, but to each their own. In the end, it is all about where the comfort is and what job needs to be performed and what makes rider and horse happy!
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    08-14-2012, 08:43 AM
Green Broke
I'd be encouraging the horse's natural gaits rather than a trot. There is nothing like the feel of a running walk.

I doubt driving them would work to get them to trot. My old standardbred paced in harness. She was a free legged pacer. It was natural for her to gait.
    08-15-2012, 08:44 PM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
This thread seems a little bit absurd to me.
Well, if I (or my friend) knew what we were doing with a gaited horse, having only had experience on non-gaited horses, I wouldn't be posting now would I?

In an effort to clarify, we don't know what gait the horse should be doing to best condition and be ridden in for endurance. If that seems obvious to you, since you've ridden gaited horses, then please enlighten us. That's kind of the point.
    08-15-2012, 10:57 PM
I have ridden both gaited horses and arabs.

The gaited horses that I rode performed best at a running walk or rack depending on the horse. With my horses, if they paced, their gait sucked. If they trotted, it sucked even worse. A TWH's trot tends to be hopeless. Let that sucker rack. It is natural. It is smooth. He will do his best if you allow him to do what comes naturally.
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    08-17-2012, 10:41 PM
Green Broke
All about feel. If it is rough or jpolting or you feel like you want to post your wrong. Heal him past it, You will kinda get to a sweet spot depending on the horse.
General Beauregard is more show stock and kinda high step racks at speed. Probably around 8mph, he will transition into a lope also butter smooth.
Miss Emma, will flat runwalk up to about 12 till she breaks into a throw you out of the saddle somekinda I don't know what she is doing butt lift canter. First time I rode her I thought she was trying to throw me. As she gets in shape she is getting a bit better. But I hold her to a runwalk around 10 mph. Today put 10.3 miles on her at 8.7 mph.. took us 27 minutes to pulse down... so got a ways to go yet.
    08-18-2012, 12:40 AM
Originally Posted by jillybean19    
I'm still not quite clear on what all these gaits are everyone's naming, either. Or what a TWH should and shouldn't be doing. Like I said, I live in the simple world of walk, trot, canter/lope. And when we get really fancy, there's a nice Western Pleasure jog in there haha.
Here you go!

And some videos:

(The videos make sense if you read the descriptions in the first link though)
    08-18-2012, 11:52 AM
Originally Posted by joe4d    
miss emma, will flat runwalk up to about 12 till she breaks into a throw you out of the saddle somekinda I don't know what she is doing butt lift canter..


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