Any forbidden show classes for gaited horses?

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    08-09-2010, 12:49 AM
Any forbidden show classes for gaited horses?

Hi all,
Been reading the forums for a while, but this is my first excuse to post.
I've been involved with horses for a very long time, but never gaited. I'm now considering buying a gaited horse. Mostly I trail ride.
However, my curiosity got the best of me, and I just started wondering what sorts of things gaited horses are excluded from?

I'm not much into competition of any sort, but a couple times/year a local club puts on some fun shows that can be a blast. There are a few hunter/equitation classes, western pleasure classes, jumper classes, and lots of gymkhana stuff.

So I got to wondering... can a gaited horse enter a hunter show? Western pleasure? What about the egg-on-a-spoon gymkhana event? (Seems like we'd have a bit of an advantage there ).

What sorts of events have you found yourself forbidden from entering, just because your horse is gaited?

This in no way plays into my decision about buying the horses I'm looking at, it was just something that crossed my mind.
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    08-09-2010, 01:14 AM
My gaited horses never held me down on showing. If it is just a fun show then I would guess that all bets are off. Gaited horses can jump and the only thing you would need to substitute for is a trot. Depending on your gaited breed, you would pick the speed closest to a trot. I showed a TWH mare in 4-H for years. English/western/games/showmanship. We did well. There is even gaited dressage now. Very interesting stuff!
    08-09-2010, 02:24 AM
^ yeah, that! If these are fun shows, then most certainly, your new horse (if you get the gaited one), shouldn't be excluded from the shows or any of the events. I would definitely think you would have an advantage in egg and spoon, hahahaha...that's always been one of my favorite events, Lol!
    08-09-2010, 04:43 AM
The only problem I have ever seen at shows is the judges preferance for trooters or gaited. Around here most show judges are looking for gaited entries. People riding saddle seat are expected to be on gaited ot saddle good friend who rode arabians had a horrible time getting ribbons.
    08-09-2010, 09:15 AM
Thanks for the thoughts. Good to know we can probably enter, even if not win.
I don't really care about bringing home ribbons. I just go to meet other people, have some fun, and expose my horses to new things.
    08-09-2010, 11:25 PM
I would ask the coordinator at your local shows. Some will allow you to gait in classes that require the trot, and others won't.

However - you can still do endurance, competitive trail, show trail, reining, cutting, roping, gaming, jumping, cross country, etc. Any class that doesn't call for the trot!
    08-11-2010, 09:39 AM
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Usually you need to get it changed to trot or appropriate gait in the description. Call someone in charge of the show and see if they will ad that wording. They usually try to accomidate you. A met a judge at the vet clinic and she invited me to a show she was judging. At the line up she came over to me and told me I was lovely but she didn't judge me because I didn't trot. The show organizer called me a week later and asked if this was true. When she heard I wasn't judged she did refund my money.

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