No one said anything about experts, devices, farriers or anything else..... my question was the exact opposite. I am looking for people who DO ride their horses naturally for what they are and who ARENT taking shortcuts to anything.
Now I'm not sure if you mis interpreted my question, if I didn't state it clearly enough, or if you just need to let the world know how smart you are.
I'm asking the average trail riding, dog chasing, endurance riding gaited horse owner if they are overly concerned with whether or not their horse looks the part that is depicted on the WWW. Or wherever.
I see a lot of gaited horses the range from ex-padded to trotty and most of their owners are satisfied as long as its smoother than sitting a non gaited steed, I just wanted to hear what others thought, most people seemed to get where I was coming from.
I know what you said. I'm not sure what you meant.
If your goal is to be more "natural" then we have to explore that thought.
"Natural" is not always "good." Sometimes Nature must be tamed, modified, or altered. For example, cobra venom injected "naturally" is generally fatal to the recipient. But when properly processed is the basis of one or more drugs commonly used in anasthesia for surgery.
"Natural horsemanship" is an oxymoron. Horses are prey animals. From the horse's point of view submitting to a member of the world's most successful predator species is not a good decision for the long term survival of the species (or maybe even of the indiviual). We must substantially alter the horse, physically and mentally, to make it useful to people. I've yet to hear a Name in "natural horsemanship" speak in such terms. Most of what passes for "natural" methods of training is bunk based upon sentimentality.
Note that this is not an endorsement of beating the animal into submission. It is an endorsement of treating the horse like a horse, not some sort of large, hairy, semi-******ed child.
If you've got a horse with along back that paces like camel "naturally" then you have a horse that will have to carefully managed or you'll have a lifetime of vet bills and frustration. This an example where you had best "care" about gait (including its mechanics and how it can be altered). This horse will likely be smooth. It will also likely move "inverted" with a hollow back. If the rider is ignorant if this then whether they are on a trail or in the school the toll on the horse will be the same. Indeed, trail riding with its longer times under saddle and in mortion (particularly if they are carrying a buch of gear for camping or the like) will cause even more stress and damage.
If I have misinterpreted your comments then I appologize. Please restate your question, or restate your comments, and we can go from there.