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post #1 of 5 Old 11-02-2008, 11:28 AM Thread Starter
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Canadian Gaited?

If you look at the link I posted in the breed section or look at the video in that same thread, you will see the Canadian was the foundation of a lot of the gaited breeds that now exist.
My question is this, why are Canadians not gaited?? I would to hear some hypothesis as to why if any of you are willing to give it a go.
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-05-2008, 11:03 AM
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I'll give it a go: The founding breeders (although they used some gaited horses) bred horses that had certain traits...although a gaited horse may have been used here and there, it was probably to improve upon a flaw, and not change the overall way the breed moved.

I would expect that there were some gaited canadians many generations back, but breeding for certain traits and characteristics (purposefully or not) neglected to keep the gaited part

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Ah ok. I can definitely make sense of that. Until I saw that video, I never knew that this breed was used for this type of breeding. Glad you were able to make sense of it and explain it to me :)
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Here's a link to the history of the Canadian Pacer from WalkersWest.

The Canadian Pacer had a huge influence on the foundation of the Tennessee Walking Horse.

The Narangansett Pacer (now sadly extinct) was also a big influence in the Walking Horse breed.

There are gaited Morgans and naturally gaited Appaloosas. Chief Joseph of the Nez Pearce tribe owned the most famous one.

It has been my observation down thru the years, that the Morgan and Appy folks intentionally tried to breed that gait out these horses because it didn't suit THEIR needs.

That is how I view the Canadian Pacer. People tried to breed the gait out of them for their own self-serving wants.

I feel myself heading for the soapbox on this one, so I will quit opinionating while I'm ahead
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-04-2009, 11:09 AM
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Some Canadians are still gaited. Not too many, but most of them do have a bit of a different movement in the front end than most other non gaited breeds. It is quite noticeable when they are shown in flat classes with many other breeds.
I think that the gaited breeds, with Canadians in the family tree way back, have just taken this trait and bred for it specifically making it stronger and stronger through the generations.
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