Even so, he was a great pleasure ride. He would gait the close to 5 miles to the intersection if I kept him above a walk. About the only time he elected to trot on his own was when riding with my QH mare and she was at a trot. We would trot and canter them together. None of it every caused him to not gait when I took him out by himself. At it certainly wasn't me, because I wasn't into any show kind of horse riding. I rode for pleasure, for going distance (30+ miles/day) and the work the cattle. The horses gaiting was purely on his own. The only thing I did to get a gait was ask him to speed up from a walk or slow down from a canter. If I did that I had at least a 75% chance that he was going to gait (for which I would lavish praise on him :)) )....and I was going to have a smooth ride. Although, I was ok with posting on those rare times that he might trot instead, or if riding with the mare.