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post #1 of 20 Old 06-18-2014, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Chances of getting a gaited foal out of a non gaited mare?

This may seem like a silly question to you. But what are the chances of getting a gaited foal out of a non gaited mare? I'm sure its less than 50%. But i'm curious none the less. Thank you!

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post #2 of 20 Old 06-18-2014, 10:51 PM
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It's more like zero. It depends on the genetic lineage really. Are either of it's parents gaited? If no, then it more than likely won't be gaited. Also it depends on the breed.

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There are too many variables to give a "school" answer. It is certainly more than zero (as I've personally seen several examples) but beyond that I can't say.

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Midnite711, i don't know her parents, so i can't be sure.

ok that answers my question

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Slim, usually you need to breed again and have 75% gaited
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Is this with the mare being bred to a gaited horse? Or to another non gaited horse?

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I asked this question to a long time TWH breeder once and his answer was you are more likely to get a horse that doesn't gait or has a messed up gait than one who gaits properly. He didn't give me percentages. This was on breeding non-gaited to gaited.
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I asked this question to a long time TWH breeder once and his answer was you are more likely to get a horse that doesn't gait or has a messed up gait than one who gaits properly. He didn't give me percentages. This was on breeding non-gaited to gaited.
This is correct if you're looking a specific place on the continuum of gait. If all you want is a generic "single foot" then I suspect the percentage of success will be significant with a gaited/non-gaited cross.

If you're looking for a specific gait (running walk, paso llano, rack, etc.) then I suspect the percentage of success will be rather low.

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Well my mare is non gaited, and i would be breeding to a gaited. I was just curious if it was even possible. Thanks everyone!

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I thought the question was a bit odd at first. People do on occasion end up with a gaited breed that doesn't gait. Sometimes the gait is "taught" out of them where they are forced to trot and canter, it's not natural for the breed but they can do it and sometimes a gaited horse just doesn't gait.

For your question regarding breeding a "regular" horse to a gaited horse... I'm not sure the exact percentage. My walking horse mare was bred to a mule because the guy wanted a gaited mule. It worked... My mare is naturally gaited but will trot if you ask her to.

I think it's a dice roll...
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