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.. :/