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  • Can gaited horses be trained to jump
  • Can gaited horses do hunter jumping

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    11-04-2011, 01:40 AM
They are very short videos as the bf has no interest in horses and didn't give a crap that it was sideways .... hoping to get my little sister out to take good videos in the arena. And my riding forum sucks lol just sayin
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    11-04-2011, 02:05 AM
Green Broke
I've been watching a lot of interesting horse videos on You-tube (I kind of got sidetracked) but I can't seem to find yours. There are apparently a lot of horses named Raisin. I'm sorry I can't seem to find them.
    11-04-2011, 02:17 AM
Oh its fine nothing to apologize about. I will figure out how to get this video on this thread. Just a little dumbfounded with how to use this phone internet. Lol I'm tech challeneged. Thanks for trying to find it :) and maybe I will get a better video taken tomorrow anyways
    11-04-2011, 03:06 AM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
The US Cavalry disbanded (in 1942) bc of machinery AND bc they tried for decades to create the "superhorse" that could do it all, but that isn't possible.
You can enjoy popping over 2 ft. Obstacles with your gaited horse, but you're never going to be able to really compete in the show ring with horses that are natural jumpers.

Actually it all depends on the horse. My trainer had a student who successfully competes 3rd level dressage and 4ft jumping with her horse. I can't remember what his breed was but I know that he was gaited and they just trained him to trot instead.
    11-04-2011, 03:09 AM
I found your videos!

HorsesR4Life7's Channel - YouTube

Edit: Sorry for the double post.
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    11-04-2011, 08:25 AM
Originally Posted by Corporal    
**sigh** Every breed of horse can jump...something. Every breed of horse will trot. (I guess some of you don't have your gaited horses in your back yards to watch them. I do and they DO trot...often.) Every 1/2 bred gaited horse wants to gait.
I have 2 gaited and one non-gaited--QH. The QH is the one I will train to jump bc his build is better for jumping. If you want a hunter or a jumper you will NOT pick a gaited horse.
The US Cavalry disbanded (in 1942) bc of machinery AND bc they tried for decades to create the "superhorse" that could do it all, but that isn't possible.
You can enjoy popping over 2 ft. Obstacles with your gaited horse, but you're never going to be able to really compete in the show ring with horses that are natural jumpers. The only REALLY great jumping horses I've owned were a QH and an OTTB. Both of them smoothly "took you with them" when they went over a jump. ALL of the others would pop high and it was difficult for me to land the jump.
The U.S. Horse Cavalry was actually disbanded in 1948. Training at Ft. Riley continued through at least early 1944. The last formal units (other than ceremonial mounted color guards) were the Mounted Constabulary in Germany. They functioned until the early '50s.

The Remount Service did, in fact, produce a very good, very consistent horse through their program of "public stallions." It was good enough that by the 1930s the production was so consistent that the Phillips Officers Saddle was produced in only one tree size. I'm not sure that there was more than one seat size. These horses were remarkably well suited to duties that the Cavalry had assumed by that time. Of course mechanized, motorized, and armored forces, as well as aircraft, were causing rapid obsolesence for the horse mounted trooper.

In Europe the Germans and Russians would maintain divisional sized mounted forces until the end of the War. The conditions in the East favored the mounted soldier for many missions.

Today at least China and Chile maintain significant mounted arms.

I completely concur that most gaited horses will be marginal jumpers under most conditions. This does not mean that you might not find the occational excellent jumper, but that horse will have a more diagonal gait which will permit more impulsion from the rear. Laterally gaited horses generally lack this level of impulsion.

As an aside, very few armed forces ever used gaited horses in numbers. The only one that I know of that ever did was the CSA, and that's because each trooper provided his own horse and gaited horses were very common in the South.

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    11-04-2011, 07:13 PM
My TWH mare got spooked once when we were first starting her ground work training at 2 (barn I was at runs a private auto shop on the other side of the wall at the far end of the arena, auto guy is not respectful of riders...bad combo) anyways some sort of a impactor machine went off and she cleared a 3 foot jump that was set up for lessons no problem!

No ideal circumstances, but boy can she jump!
    11-04-2011, 11:57 PM
Green Broke
I got to see the videos, and wow, he does have a gait! As a matter of fact, his walk looks sort of lateral (like a pace) but when he goes faster it looks like something different. Perhaps a fox trot? Or maybe it's just a pace and the butt giggle is confusing me. Ha ha!

Can anyone who knows more than I do identify it?

It's so cool to see a QH cross gait. I would love it if my colt would.

PS. It's the second video, not the first, that I think is better for assessing what he is doing.
    11-06-2011, 01:29 PM
There is so much variation in how gaited horses co-ordinate their legs, some can jump just fine, some never learn how to perform a proper take-off. If you want to teach your gaited horse to jump, be careful, go slow, and start very small. The chances that your horse will put its feet in the wrong place and fall are much higher than with non-gaited horses.
    11-06-2011, 02:20 PM
Yay! I'm so happy that arksly posted the link! Thank you!
As for the videos...I posted the second one after I put the first one on youtube.
As for his gaits I'm pretty oblivious to what he is doing...but he is soooo smooth! He is the only horse I have had that I actually prefer to ride bareback!
I am planning on getting a video in the arena or a better spot (and a better camera man) so it can be a little longer. And the only thing he is comfortable in riding in is a halter and a leadrope. I have a indian hackamoore bridle on its way from Florida and I think it will help a ton. Sorry for any kinks in all of your necks from watching it!
And I can see where you are coming from jmdnarri as I was thinking the same thing. I think if I was going to teach him to jump I would have to consult with a professional trainer so I would be teaching the right things. Thanks you to everyone for helping out! I really aprechiate it!

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