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.