Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Desert from Hell, CA.
Thank you, Silly and everyone else.
I guess with my husband, if I were to conjecture, his main issue is probably that he doesn't want a gaited horse, because he thinks it looks dumb. If I were to conjecture, that is. Now, part of that may be his perception that the gait is utilized for the comfort of the human, and not necessarily the wellbeing of the animal.
Now, in my reading (I'm not generally interested in Gaited horses btw, because I never truly considered buying a horse that gaits!), I seem to remember someone mentioning that gaited horses usually have to be trained to gait consistently under saddle. I read that to mean that the horse won't just gait gait gait all the time, they have to be trained to do so. So in that instance, even if the horse is naturally gaited, it takes training to sustain it. I guess that is what led me to wonder if it is detrimental to the horse's health...because if they were meant to do it all the time...wouldn't they naturally do it...all the time?
As Guilherme says though, I guess the key would be moderation (and a helping of common sense, I'd imagine).
That being said, someone was asking if she was gaited, I said I had no clue, and I sent a video. It was that individual's opinion that the horse is probably gaited, but allowed to trot instead of keeping up the gait. Specifics about her way of motion were mentioned. So at this rate, the horse is probably about 20 years old, and used to moving the way she is used to moving. If it would be "better" for her to (re) learn to use a gait under saddle, I'd need a trainer. If she's fine the way she is, she's fine the way she is. That's where the discussion with DH comes in....if it's not "better" for her to gait, for HER, then he doesn't want to do it. If it's not better for the animal, he sees it as selfish manipulation.
However, a lot of my question was general as well. I *am* a scientist!! My curiosity has been somewhat peaked!
Is that movement, sustained by the horse, with a weight on it's back healthy?
And the answer thus far appears to be moderation ;)...but again, as a scientist, I ask, where's the research? I guess I"ll have to dig a little...
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