Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I have owned about 8 gaited or 1/2 gaited horses and they all gaited. They all will trot, too in the pasture at liberty. I see it every week in my back yard. Funny, but my KMHSA, who has "UNKNOWN" 4 and 5 generations back (dam side) has yet to trot under saddle, and I've owned her since 2008. My 6yo KMH gelding has trotted under saddle, and it's not pleasant. One of the last times was when we were crossing a creek numerous times at a CW event and I was using this obstacle to settle his nerves. I had to post it, though I've trained myself to sit some pretty rough trots and can do so when required.
Two of the TWH's I've owned would occasionally trot under saddle. I've maintained that a TWH or TWH cross will take out their anger under saddle by performing a trot or a "broken washing machine" gait. Certainly preferable to bucking or bolting! When "Tyke" (1970-1998, RIP, TWH/Qh cross) didn't like what you were doing, he would trot. He often trotted when being ridden for lessons and he didn't care for the work, such as jumping cavaletti with a novice.
I suspect bc of his size, that there is a LOT of TWH in my 6yo KMH gelding. Periodically, he trots during schooling, so I just post. He came to me with some fragile confidence and they'll be plenty of time to discourage the trotting in lieu of ambling...or, maybe, "run-walking."
During the amble or the running walk you could post it, but the pace is so quick you would soon wear out. Better to just enjoy a comfortable gait. It doesn't hurt them to have to you sit it, unlike a young or out of shape older horse, or posting bc your horse hasn't warmed up yet.