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    05-27-2009, 12:11 PM
Green Broke
Gaited Newbie **Wave**

Hi everyone,

A month ago I swapped my mare Petra for a Trotter called Harvey. He's just approaching 7 yrs old, and although slightly underweight when I got him, is rounding nicely.
Lol, Since riding him, I initially thought he was lame from transition from walk to trot, but after having him looked at by the vet and watching my niece ride him, he does the "Running Walk". This is totally new to me, never have I experienced it before. Its really comfy, but I'm use to just plain walk, trot, canter and gallop.
Is this something in his breeding or has he been trained to do it? Sorry I have no knowledge of this at all, so thought I would ask my HF buddies.

This is Harvey.
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    05-27-2009, 12:45 PM
Hi Megs! Glad to see you got a nice new fellow for some relaxing hacks.
I don't know a ton about the breed, but I assume he is similar to any other gaited breed. It does sort of feel like a hitch in the giggyup when they are at a walk. As well as being very speedy at that gait.
I know Vida, even though she has short legs, has a hard time walking as slow as many non-gaited horse.
I think its the shoulder roll that is pretty much bred in. Think of it as a fast car that thumps and hops at a stop and low speed but smooths out at the higher speeds

Looks like he is getting along well with Willow?
    05-27-2009, 01:15 PM
Green Broke
Thanks Maureen. It just felt so peculiar to start with. Well to be honest I'm still trying to get use to it now.
He's such a good boy, very well behaved. He gets along really well with Poppy too.
Is it somthing that he will always do then?
    05-27-2009, 01:28 PM
Yes, its something that is in the genetics. I know Vida will trot, but she has a semi difficult time doing it and seems more comfortable in her natural gait.
I have to push her to stay in a canter as well. Many gaited people sort of frown on allowing a horse to do anything but their specific gait.
I'm assuming Harvey is similar to a Missouri fox trotter. I suggest doing some research on his specific breed and what his desired gaites are. Its best to work him in that thread of speeds rather than the non-gaited walk trot canter.
    05-27-2009, 01:34 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
I have to push her to stay in a canter as well.
Wow that sounds just like Harvey. He has an amazing canter, feels very floaty, but he wont stay in it for long.
Thanks for your help Maureen, I really appreciate it.
    05-28-2009, 10:25 AM
Woopwoop! Horray for the gaited horse! Lol it could be something he was trained to do but it also might be because its more comfy for him to gait rather than trot for a number of reasons

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