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    01-26-2012, 07:18 PM
Question Is he gaited?

I am going to be completely, one hundred percent honest when I say that I know nothing about gaited horses. When I got him, his old owners said he was gaited... but truthfully, I have no clue how to even tell. He may be nothing, just an average horse, but since they stated he was gaited, I would like to clear my confusion up. He is a Arabian, with a to die for smooth trot when riding. But, as far as I can tell, he is as average as they come.

So, from this lope/trot video is it possible to tell if he is gaited? Or... do I need something else?

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    01-26-2012, 07:30 PM
It'd be easier to see if you had a video of him moving in a straight line...

But no, he is not gaited.
    01-26-2012, 07:44 PM
Green Broke
I thought only gaited breeds could be gaited. I didn't think Arabs were included in those breeds.
    01-26-2012, 09:06 PM
Originally Posted by apachewhitesox    
I thought only gaited breeds could be gaited. I didn't think Arabs were included in those breeds.
You are basically correct (based on what we call "gaited"). All horses have 3 gaits (unless you going a gallop as a gait, then it's 4). Walk, trot and canter. Then there are horses that have extra gaits (e.g. The saddlebred rack, etc...) These tend to be different from the gaits that all horses have. My filly has 3 different trots I can lunge her at, but they are all just trots and not different "gaits" (the same gait at different speeds).

Arabians are not a "gaited" breed of horse.
There are several "gaited" breeds. Among them: Morgan, RMH, TWH, less then have of the Saddlebreds (although they use to almost always gaited...showing changed that), and some others (you can look them up )
But if you take the term gaited literally (and not what is meant by the term "gaited") then all horses are gaited, because they all have ability to do three gaits [at whatever speed(s)]
    01-26-2012, 09:21 PM
Green Broke
Im sorry if I wasn't specific enough I was talking about the extra gait that the 'gaited breeds' have, not the three gaits that all horses have.

Now that sentence looks like it has gait written in it way to much lol.
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    01-26-2012, 09:29 PM
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Actually, it's not really all that uncommon for Arabs to be gaited. It's certainly more common for an Arab to crop up naturally gaited than it is for say, a QH to "magically" be gaited. Of course, the AHA views gaited-ness as a pretty severe fault so it's kind of a "taboo" topic.
My mare (an Arab with the outside chance of being a QH/Arab cross) is gaited. However, she's not well gaited or anything, she's just mildly gaited. One of her ancestors, on her dad's side, was so gaited that he was actually double registered as a purebred Arabian first, then inducted into the TWH registry for "superior gaiting"!
Both these purebred Arabian gentlemen are clearly gaited (Rabiyas - just look at that picture and Bazleyd - the Arab who is also a TWH, haha!):

Bazleyd Arabian

Rabiyas Arabian

Anyway, Gallop On, I'm terrible at identifying gaiting from videos... I didn't see any "weird" foot movements but you never know.
My girl gaits very rarely so I have pictures of her gaiting and I've seen her do it but I've never gotten lucky enough to get a video of her doing anything but a trot.
    01-26-2012, 10:01 PM
Although unusual, there are some horses of non-gaited breeds that will occasionally gait. Some gaits can even be taught (either on purpose or accidentally). I don't remember which ones they are (the rack perhaps?) but I remember reading that in one of my books on gaited horses.

My friend had a paint that I swore had a running walk of some type. My friend said he horse started doing that because she wouldn't let her trot home. So she just learned to walk faster and faster until she had a cool little gait of some type without breaking into a trot. Unfortunately the horse passed away. But I rode her and felt her "gait" several times. She was very smooth.

PS. Beautiful Arabian! I didn't see a "gait" but I am not an expert on the subject by any stretch of the imagination.
    01-26-2012, 10:11 PM
Our gaited horses don't gait on small lunging circles and I'm not seeing gaiting in this video. I would try to get her to do this in an arena; usually if you press for speed on the long side of an arena they will move into the gait. That would give us a better idea of what 'gait' she might be doing.
    01-26-2012, 10:15 PM
Won't be the rack. While Saddlebreds could do it, it's not suppose to be a particularly comfortable gait for the horse, so not one that they would be as likely to do a lot. More often they supposedly go to a "pace" which another naturally smooth movement and more what I'm familiar with on Saddlebreds (but I think they might take penalties forl doing a pace at shows....wouldn't know, since I don't care about showing). I guess that would be because it's not actually a "gait", although it was always nice riding to me :))
    01-26-2012, 10:19 PM
I see no gaiting at all. He (she?) just looks like he's being a bit pulled off his balance by the lunge line. Really lovely horse!

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