Here's a question for you all. The reason I could never keep up is my Mustang has a slow walk, and the gaited horses walk VERY fast. And their owner's encourage it. Do you guys encourage that "power walk?" I mean, actually push the horse to keep doing it? The folks I ride with are very into pushing that power walk. They won't let their horses lag at all!
Me, I relax out on the trail and don't care too much about the speed of the walk. If the gaited horses were actually gaiting, my Mustang could keep up, because he could trot, but we have no gear equal to the power walk. We end up walking and trotting, walking and trotting, and then I have to worry if that is going to excite the horses in front of us. :roll:
So anyway, I have a Foxtrotter now and can (hopefully) match the walk of everyone else's gaited horses. But what is it about always pushing them to walk even FASTER?
I guess this has turned into a mini rant, lol!
That's really not my preferred style - I like to vary the speed. My boyfriend's sorrel gelding can REALLY move out on trail and he really likes to go, while my own little black gelding is a bit more laid-back and tends to be better on rides with non-gaited horses.
For many gaited horses, even their natural walk is faster than that of a non-gaited horse simply simply because that's the way they move.