Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"Gaiting takes muscle and walking builds the muscles they need to gait"
FALSE, nothing wrong with walking, but it does not build the muscle groups needed for gaiting. Totally different muscles. They only way to build the correct muscles is practice in gait, a little bit at a time. That's why the limited use of aids will help get them started. The walking "hype" only builds the riders confidence, not the horse's ability. It's just as easy to get one to gait "cold turkey" as it is after the walk hype. The rider's confidence is the only difference. As a matter of fact, I'd rather have one that has never been thru the walk hype, they are easier to get started.
A naturally gaited horse can gait in it's first riding session after being a pasture ornament for years. Of course, you have to be careful to, only do it, if it's safe, and most times it is not. There is no conditioning needed. It's like saying a teenager that has never ran, can not run until they have walked the track for days. They may not do it well, in the beginning, but they can do it. They do have the inherent ability, the same way a gaited horse has the ability to do it's signature gait.
Now if your trying to train a horse or human, to do a gait that is not bred into them, then it's a totally different ball game. And the walk hype is even less useful here.
There is only one reason for all of the walking, rider safety, PERIOD....