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    07-17-2010, 12:01 AM
Green Broke
Is baby gaited?

Hi all!

I was wondering if my new baby Zane is gaited. Here is a photo that shows what he does when he keeps up with his momma.

And if it's a gait, what kind does it look like?

Momma is a Foxtrotter and dad is a Quarter Horse.

I was thinking it looked like some sort of lateral gait, but I'm not really sure. His mom is my first gaited horse so I have limited experience with gaits and such.
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    07-17-2010, 12:05 AM
Looks gaited to me, the diagonals aren't going together,
    07-17-2010, 12:05 AM
Green Broke
The horse I've seen that are gaited kind of look like they duck paddle in the back. Sorry, I don't know how to explain it any other way.
    07-17-2010, 12:31 AM
He looks gaited, but I couldn't tell you what.
    07-17-2010, 12:58 AM
I think its a pace... Pace:two-beat, lateral gait with fore and hind-leg on the same side moving together. There is a minimum of concussion and more or less a side or rolling motion with little knee fold. It requires a smooth, hard footing and a minimum of draft. Trotting downhill will cause some trotters to pace; pacing uphill will cause some pacers to trot. The pace is a speed gait.
    07-17-2010, 02:17 AM
Green Broke
I was thinking maybe it was some form of running walk, because pacing in general isn't a smooth gait, and he sure looks like he glides along without noticeable side-to-side movement. But I agree, looking at it in a still photo, it looks like a pace.

Hmmm. Any gaited horse experts out there? I know there are very fine lines between some of the gaits. Like I have even heard of a "stepping pace" where the legs move like a pace but the timing is slightly different, so the gait is smooth.

Momma can do an assortment of gaits, from a Foxtrot, to a running walk (when she is excited), to a pace (when I try to ask for a canter). So that doesn't narrow it down much! But it definitely doesn't look like a Foxtrot, that much I can determine. It seems to be his intermediate gait, which he does instead of trotting. I have also seen him canter.
    07-17-2010, 09:00 AM
Green Broke
I would say from the picture it looks like a pace too, but like you already said if it looks very smooth it might be a stepping pace. My knowledge is also very limited in terms of gaited horses. I did have at one time a mare that was a Walker/Friesian cross and she was gaited - she had what appeared to be a pace but folks on here determined it must have been a stepping pace as it was extremely smooth to ride.

Whatever it is, you must post many more pictures of him, he's a doll!
    07-17-2010, 09:33 AM
He is clearly lateral, but this does not tell you what he will do under saddle. It's quite common in North American gaited breeds to see a divergence in movement under saddle and movement at liberty.

It's also not uncommon to see changes in gait as a horse matures. So what he does as a weanling and what he does as three year old can be different.

    07-17-2010, 11:13 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Guilherme    
He is clearly lateral, but this does not tell you what he will do under saddle. It's quite common in North American gaited breeds to see a divergence in movement under saddle and movement at liberty.

It's also not uncommon to see changes in gait as a horse matures. So what he does as a weanling and what he does as three year old can be different.

Ditto all that. I bought one TWH when he was 20 months - right at the gangly stage. He did things with his hooves and legs at liberty that I marveled why he just didn't end up in a tangle on the ground

By the time he was coming four he was setting himself into a running walk under saddle. <--- I know folks say you have to "set the gait", but I still have three TWH's and have never "set the gait" on any of them.

Point being, give the baby plent of time and don't stress if you see trotting in the pasture --- especially if there's a trotting horse out there because horses do mimic each other

I will say the only time I ever had a gaited horse trot under saddle with me, the horse needed adjusted in the Atlas bone and sacrum areas from too many antics in the pasture. After two weeks off, he was back to being a gaitin' fool with a beautiful head nod.
    07-17-2010, 01:22 PM
"Setting the gait" is done by trainers so that amateurs that don't know how to ride can get on the horse and make it do something. If you know how to ride you don't need to "set" a gait because you know that you might want to alter the way of going for some purpose. In short, it's a practice that denotes ignorance and lack of skill on the part of the rider.

This does not mean you don't train the horse to perform when given a command to perform.


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