Originally Posted by hrsrdr
(although the only similarity I found was the sitting towards the weakest part of the back on a gaited horse...you seem to disagree with a lot of other concepts which IMO is a very positive thing, but as all of you know I have been introduced to the gaited world for a very short time now so don't have as much say). :)
Yes, I do think that you are begining to read the message I have been trying to say & maybe understand a bit of where I am coming from.
First & foremost, I firmly believe that everyone can make their own decisions & also have the ability to do so. But how can one make a decision without practical knowledge?
If one wants to learn about gaited horses, I am happy to share my knowledge, but I will not force my ideas on anyone, nor will I expect one to accept everything that is written or spoken, here or in books. The only way one can make informed decisions is to have both side of an issue & then personally experience it in a "hands on" manner (IMO).
The videos help (IMO) to see the points that are made. If someone, such as yourself, goes out to ride a horse, don't you want to know what to look for & also what to avoid?
It is of course hard to tell from just a picture, but on the link I sent you, I would expect the paint named "Willy" to have the best gait based on breed. He looks to be in a good, natural frame & I like the way he naturally steps well under himself.
I want to also mention a "bit about bits" if you will excuse the pun!!
The "typical" bit refered to as a "gaited horse bit" is a long shank snaffle, often with a double twisted wire mouth piece. I have absolutely no idea how or why this came about, but around here at least, you will find such a bit in nearly every gaited horse barn. (there are more severe ones, but we won't go there!)
So, in my experience, I have found gaited horses to work just as easy off a regular loose ring snaffle (IMO), once they are taught how to give to it. There have been a few I have worked with where I just had to go to a tom thumb bit first to help them change. I realize that I may be opening another can of worms here about the tom thumb bit, but I personally have found it to be a gentle bit in soft hands.
I keep two basic bits in a variety of sizes...first a copper-mouth tom thumb and second an oval-mouth double-jointed snaffle. I use them with every horse I own or have owned, in every breed, and have never found a need to use anything else.
Of course, if I ever get my warmblood to 4th level, I expect I will need to purchase a double briddle & unbroken, curb bit. However, due to his arthritis & my refusal to inject his joints, I really don't see that as happening any time soon...
However, I would not want anyone to be surprised to see the bit that is typically (IMO) used on the majority of gaited horses.