I own an American Saddlebred named Alex and I'm starting to train her how to gait. She's getting the hang of it, but she get's really confused real fast.
Saddlebreds can rack and slowgait. But what I'm curious to find out is how other pople trained their horses how to gait.
Thought it would be cool :)
I think of a gaited horse as a naturally gaited not something that is has to be trained to do it. So all of my gaited horses were born that way. In my opinion a gaited saddlebred is just for show.I just got back from a Saddlebred show today and watched a 5 gaited class and I can't imagine what els you would do with a horse like that.
Yes, Saddlebreds are not "Gaited" like a TWH or a Rocky Mountain, or a Paso. For the TWHs and other "real" gaited breeds, they are born doing their gaits naturally, whereas Saddlebreds are born with the natural, genetic ability to learn(and the rare few who are born naturally gaited).
As for what else, you can do with a Five Gaited Saddlebred.... there is nothing you CAN'T do with a Five Gaited American Saddlebred. I know of one five gaited American Saddlebred mare in TN who is a highly competitive Mounted Shooting Horse. Just for fun, the owner sometimes racks the patten, just because he can. Some Saddlebreds are not physically capable of being a five gaited horse, or they would be better suited for other divisions so they are not trained, so they can do anything BUT rack.
Has anyone checked out Fugly horse of the day lately . Some pretty freaky stuff about gaited horses and the abuse going on . " Soring" if anyone here practices this abusive disfiguring practice I think you belong in jail with the rest of the abusers. The outcome is not only very painful to the horse over long periods of time , but the end result about the saddest thing to watch. These poor horses. I am all for a natural gaited horse, they , on the contrary are very pretty.
Krissy, if you read on this forum(the "search" function is a very useful tool if you haven't found it yet), you will find that nearly all of us are AGAINST the practice of soring, and none of us practice these horrific abuses on our horses. Soring has been beaten to death on this forum and the overall opinion of it is exactly yours. Frankly, your post has nothing to do with the topic at hand, which is gaiting a horse, which includes teaching a trotting horse like a saddlebred to gait, or improving those naturally inborn into the horse. If you have something relavent to add to this particular topic, please feel free to post. If you want to discuss soring, please either start a new topic, or bring back one of the millions of soring discussions on this forum.
No need to be unfriendly..I am new here. I am familiar with teaching a gaited horse its different gait, I have 2 friends with MFT, and have watched them work naturally with their horses. If we are both against the soring then there is no need to nail me to a cross. I think gaited horses are very nice, I want to think the same of their owners. Please don't be so harsh.
I apologise if I seemed harsh, but what you posted had absolutely nothing to do with the topic at hand, and all I asked was that you use the search function before making off topic posts, post a new topic to discuss, or use the search function to bring up a topic that has been discussed before. This topic is to discuss how to gait a horse, or how to improve the gait of a gaited horse. It is not to discuss how to sore a horse, which I can't think of anyone on this forum who actively sores their horses, and I also said that the overwhelming majority of members on this forum agree with you that it is wrong. But unfortunately, I am repeating what I said in my last post.
So, back on topic. If you know how to gait a horse through watching your friends' Missouri Foxtrotters, then how do you go about it with them? Do you do anything special to switch gaits, or get them back if they break gait?
I don't ride gaited horses, but have sat in on a class. All I can tell you is that the trainer watched, and asked for collection and leg, I remember getting the right gait took a lot of work on the riders part and she had to find a different seat, and lots of leg, in the beginning. I think you need a trainer or expierenced person to be watching , so he - she can tell you exactly when the horse is going correctly, so you can hold that position. I don't ride gaited horses so I wont add anything else to this topic, but I felt like you wanted to find out what I know , and that's all I know which isnt a lot. Now lets be nice to another.
I mentioned this in another thread but thought it would be worthwhile mentioned here also - Gary Lane has written a good book on the gaits of the Tennessee Walking Horse, Missouri Fox Trotter, and the Rocky Mountain Horse. $10.79 at Amazon.com: Training the Gaited Horse: From the..."> Amazon.com: Training the Gaited Horse: From the...
He also has a video but I have not purchased it but, if I do, I will send a report