12-28-2012, 10:37 AM
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Good point toosexy. You are probably right about the saddles. I have what is considered a "plantation saddle" by Henry Miller, made for gaited horses.
Yesterday when riding (indoors; lots of snow here!) his gait was lovely. I sped him up and he did a lovely long-strided trot with his head way-y-y-y-y down. It was an easy trot to post. We did this a few times around the arena, and I think he was comfortable in it.
I have decided that on the trail, I will keep him in a gait; we can cover lots of ground quickly, and it is easy for both of us. But I will exercise him occasionally in the arena in a trot so he can stretch his back a bit. I also found that he can move into his lope really easily from the trot.
Like most have said here; every horse is different. But for my horse, "mixing it up" a bit seems to make sense; that way everything gets worked occasionally!