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post #21 of 24 Old 10-20-2011, 08:59 PM
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I can't say about everyone elses Walkers, but Caesar (our TWH) would move into his gait from a trot or walk. If I'd wanted to keep him trotting I'd have to force it. Trotting was not what he would normally elect to do. Granted he was never trained for anything except pleasure riding. Had hoped to have him help with moving the cattle, but he was never on par with my QH for that. Best used from the back just to keep the group moving.
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.
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I'm NT trying to start any battles here, just what I've noticed. It SEEMS that some gaited horses prefer trot to gait and some prefer the gait to trot. It also seems unlucky that the people who don't want to trot have had or ridden horses that preferred it and vice versa. So for the sake of everyone saying canter is OK trot is OK for some bad for others, I will work the horse in a walk gait and canter. However don't despair trot lovers, when I turn him loose he trots freely around the arena. He chooses to gait anyway. The only time he trotted was when I cued for the canter. I believe I have a video of him somewhere on my phone if I didn't delete it. You could hear me saying"I'm going to ask you to canter" because of the previous I'll trot instead. LOL snot but he picked it up well the second time. We MIGHT go on a trail ride this weekend.. he hasn't been ridden in a year so he's a little squirrly and spooky. I want to get him as well rounded as possible to ensure he goes to a good home. He's so sweet just needs some miles.
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post #23 of 24 Old 10-30-2011, 12:29 AM
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I am from Canada, my mare is a barefoot, ribbon winning TWH show horse, evening and weekend trail horse and she canters great on both leads. Cantering hasn't affected her negatively at all, in fact it has had positive effects... she walks better after cantering as it loosens her up and she can get under herself even better which enables her to 4 beat even better.

Not all horses are the same, but if the horse is naturally gaited, cantering is natural for them so should have no adverse effects IMO
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post #24 of 24 Old 10-30-2011, 04:04 AM
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Don't know about any other gaited breed but Icelandics must have a clear walk, trot, tölt and canter, and if they have it flying pace. Each gait must be clear and correct.
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