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    01-06-2013, 03:17 PM
No argument with that statement. But that's neither here nor there.

"it depends" is the correct answer to give when asked "should I canter my gaited horse" and when more details are given, the correct answer to the one asking in this instance is "No"
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    01-06-2013, 04:44 PM
Depending on the gaited breed: Some fox trot and some truly Trot
Originally Posted by Dead Rabbit    
im not in the know about the foxtrotters. But the OP is talking about trotting a gaited horse. Shouldnt the first thing he needs to focus on is the gait. And get away from that trotting? Then comes the cantering with more experience?
    01-06-2013, 04:47 PM
I have a TWH and I found that the canter helps the gaits. My guy is still learning where his feet go in the back end; and it has been quite a struggly to get him to learn it, but I have noticed his gait is better thanks to the canter.

I think if your in for the training, go for it
    01-28-2013, 01:59 AM
glad to find this thread

Really glad I found this thread because I had the same question, and almost the same situation. I aquired a MFT Stud rescue a few months ago (more info in my posts) today we took our first offical ride. He walks, hard trots, fox trots, and canters with no problem we did a little of it all but I held him mostly in is gait because I have spine issues and shoot it didn't even feel like I was on a horse and we were MOVING. I'd like to cross train simply because I'd love to be able to do barrels on him just for fun with our riding club. I'm not a great rider by ANY means, but we are in tune enough that I can and for and get what I want out of him. As long as I can do that am I in danger of screwing him up? Now he will be gelded soon, and he is about 6-7 years old and hadn't been ridden in 2 years that we know of. I don't want to hijack the thread so you may want to reply in the thread I started..."where are the Missouri Fox trotter people?"
    02-14-2013, 08:50 PM
It is a myth that has been passed down for generations that you can't canter a gaited horse.. In fact the more you canter them in a well balanced gait the smoother their gaiting becomes.. If you have a bad pacer canter them a lot bc they need to develop different muscles so the will gait instead of pace
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    02-20-2013, 12:37 AM
Something to keep in mind is that the OP's horse is a Fox *Trotter*. A MFT is a gaited horse but NOT a laterally gaited horse like a TWH, Fino, or Peruvian.

A "Fox Trot" is a diagonal gait in which the front hoof strikes the ground just before the hind. In a normal trot the front and hind hooves strike the ground simultaneously. A canter is also a diagonally based gait. A canter shouldn't cause a problem with this horse's gait.

There is a short video and an explanation of the footfalls of a canter here:

Canter - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    02-23-2013, 02:11 AM
I used to lease a foxtrotter named Major, he was 16.3 hands and seal brown. He was an awesome horse and actually got him to gallop and even bucked once and reared another time. One time I actually raced my old college classmates' QH and beat her.
    02-24-2013, 12:34 AM
Originally Posted by Guilherme    
The problem is not the horse. The problem is the rider.

You are the rider. YOU set the gait and the cadence of the gait. If you are having trouble with this then find an instructor or coach to teach you how to effectively sit and rate the horse. Once you do this you'll find that the "old timer's advice" was not correct.

I have to agree with this. We have 2 TWH and a SSH. 1 TWH will do absolute nothing but running walk and rack. She knows nothing else. The second TWH is taught WTC, Running Walk, and Pace. The SSH is taught WTC, Running Walk, Rack, and Pace. She knows each and everyone by how you set your body and change your weight. She will not come out of a hard gait to fall into a canter. She will not break her canter for a gait. She will go in whatever you are asking her to do. She is only 5yo. By the time she was 3yo she knew all this undersaddle. Just because they are taught to canter undersaddle doesnt mean they will break their gait to hit a canter. If they do, the rider needs to correct something that they are doing.
    02-24-2013, 05:43 PM
I have a MFT and she has a wonderful rocking horse canter. From the foxtrot, I just kiss the air and she goes right into it. My friend Diane also has a MFT and he has a wonderful canter!! We find after cantering some, they have an even smoother gait!!
    02-24-2013, 09:41 PM
Originally Posted by beachluvr    
I have a MFT and she has a wonderful rocking horse canter. From the foxtrot, I just kiss the air and she goes right into it. My friend Diane also has a MFT and he has a wonderful canter!! We find after cantering some, they have an even smoother gait!!

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