Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
Yes, when they are sore or lame they will limp like any other horse.
Like any horse, you should be able to feel them limping while riding.
Tack: Most of your gaited breeds will require more freedom of movement in the front shoulders, consequently, you need a saddle that will not interfere with the shoulder motion.
Gaits: The 3 most common gaits are pace, rack, and runningwalk. The amble, the singlefoot, the corto, the largo, and the fino are all the same gait as the rack. Different names for the same foot fall. There are some variations of the pace, like the stepping pace, and the slick pace. THW will usually have the running walk as their signature gait, but some of them will have the rack. The Paso Fino's signature gait is the corto, largo and fino. Standardbred's will usually either be trotters or pacers, and many are taught to rack, some do it naturally.
The signature gait of most of the gaited horses is not hard on them. However, the fino of the paso fino is a very tiring gait, as is the Big Lick gait of the TWH, and the show gait of the big lick racking horses.