I have my pinto mare, who I have been trying to figure out her legs since I got her a year ago.....
She has been started this summer just mostly riding around for short periods of time and getting used to carrying a rider. Now I have started arena work with her having her hold a walk and a trot for more than the few steps she was before. She is doing great, but I am not sure if her trot is a trot! You can sit it very easily and it is not easy to try and post. She is holding her neck low like a jog and very relaxed. But I just don't think it is in a normal two-beat gait. I am going to try and have someone, who is not a horse person, video tape her today.
In the past, while I tried to figure out her legs just from watching her run in the pasture and short lunging sessions, it seemed as if her front and hind legs weren't in sync with eachother and had their own agendas. Vet said she just needed to get coordinated, strengthen and learn to balance. She is some type of draft/paint cross and maybe her mechanics are just messed up?
So, I am wondering, if you have a gaited horse, how do you tell if it is in fact gaited if you don't know what breed it may be?