Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn't gait your horse?

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Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn't gait your horse?

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    04-19-2009, 12:46 PM
Has anyone ever told you that you shouldn't gait your horse?

I'm getting so sick of it!
I hear it almost everyday; ''Don't gait that horse", "you should train it away and only trot!", "Why are you gaiting him? You can't compete." and "He's not made for gaiting, you're hurting him!"

Gah! Let me gait my horse if I want too! Why shouldn't I? He has been gaiting since the first time I ever sat on his back, it's what he prefers if he get to decide himself! So how can he be ''not made for it"?? Just because the only gaited horse people around here knows is icelandic horses, they think that ''boring, bad, lousy'' warmblooded standardbreds shouldn't be allowed to gait. Do they forget that in the beginning of times, all horse breeds were gaited? According to the people here, the only way a standardbred would gait is if it's lame (), in pain or completely stressed out...
It's so frustrating.. Difficult to find a trainer that will help us too, they only do icelandic horses...

I've never done anything to teach him to gait, I've worked to get his gait better in tact and collection but not to get him to gait. I've put an awful lot of work to get him to trot tho (you know how much they would bash me if I didn't 'let' him trot?)

He has a nice trot now. I don't like using it, because it's hard to get (possible but difficult) unless I'm not on dangerously uneven ground or if he's so tired he can barely stand, and my knee just can't take posting for more than a minute without starting to hurt, especially on him since his trot is rather big. My back doesn't exactly love me either if I trot too much.

I know our gait isn't perfect, and I know that I have no pictures whatsoever of his gait when it is perfect or even decent, but I do know that he can gait without getting hurt, and I know that he can gait really, really well when everything just ''clicks'', because he has done it.

Ok,.. rant over.. but is it only here in sweden this is a problem? Or are you getting the same remarks on your gaited horses? Please say what breed they are if you do, just because it would be interesting to see..

Throwing in some pictures too.. I probably should't show how bad we are but wth..

Our first picture of him gaiting, one of the first times we ever did it.. :3

A recent picture, tho on soft grass and with a bit I have never used without a ridingcavesson, and long time since I used it at all. (ugh, holding too much..)

Well.. at least that's out of my mind for a bit.. :/
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    04-20-2009, 07:15 AM
Nobody? :/
    04-20-2009, 09:11 AM
I have OTSBs... I have had 4, only one was a trotter the others pacers. I love the pace. It's so unique around here. Yes, I've been told that I should train it out of them, but I tell them, "too bad, so sad." It's my horse and so long as he is well-treated I really don't care what anyone else thinks. I don't compete, and I do see where a pace in competition would be difficult, if not impossible, to use, but that's only the pace. It's just not designed for turns much!

I say, do what you want. If your horse is happy with it, and you are happy with it, nobody else matters. Except for competitions maybe and I can't give you any insight there because I don't compete at all.
    04-20-2009, 03:17 PM

I do what I want, that's why I get to listen to all that crap.. -__-:
Sometimes I concider to just do what they say and become normal.. then I realize that I've already tried that and that it doesn't work out for me anyway.
    04-20-2009, 09:46 PM
Besides, normal is totally boring! :) Just ask my kids!
    04-20-2009, 10:29 PM
Hehe..true.. :)
    04-20-2009, 10:38 PM
I've heard the opposite, actually.


Personally, I love the gait and Loki's trot is horrid to be honest. I rode a QH at a trot, it was almost like gaiting it was so smooth and easy to sit O_O

But if I want to canter...let me canter! He canters all the time! He likes to canter!
    04-21-2009, 09:52 AM
I think I'l just move.. :(
    04-27-2009, 08:25 PM
At the first farm I boarded I was always getting scolded by people for letting my horse be lazy at times and get out of his gait I also canter him and gallop him alot. At the farm I'm currently at there was a woman there who is really experienced with gaited horses. She watched me ride and said that my horse does one of the nicest racks she's seen. I know this is opposite of what you're going through but just thought I'd mention it to show that the "experts" aren't always right.
    04-27-2009, 08:38 PM
I know.. *sigh*
Sometimes, rather often actually, I wish I didn't think so much and didn't have any opinions.. then I could just happily and ignorantly do as everyone told me and feel good about that.
But nooo.. I have to have opinions on everey darned matter, I have to feel that some things are right and some are not, and o godess I have to outsmart all those reasons they've come up with to make their ways sound nice, instead of just believing everything without thinking a thought about it.. :(

Lobotomy, please? Just cut all emotions and thought off here, I don't really think I need them. They don't make me happy..

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