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post #1 of 14 Old 07-16-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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How to identify gaits

Recently I've been noticing weird gaits on Apollo. At least I think they are gaits.. he doesn't high step, but he lifts his legs higher than normal. The gaits I'm noticing is a weird sort of fasr walking.. its not a trot and its not a walk.. and its absolutely horrible to try and ride in but it looks very pretty (so I'm told). It may not actually be hard to ride in but I'm still leqrning how to post so it is probably my short comings. :p
The other one is between a trot and a canter, he lifts his legs higher than normal, but not like the fancy saddlebreds in shows. The only time he does the fast walk is under saddle. The other one he does out on the pasture and on the longe line. He may do it under saddle but I haven't gone faster than a trot yet under saddle.

I have not tried to see if he is gaited and if he is its very unrefined. Anyway, just wondering if he in fact could be gaited. I've ridden a missouri foxtrotter and I know the fast walk is nothing like their gait.

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What breed is he?
For the " fast walk", stay seated, don't post. Is it very comfy, doesn't throw you out of the saddle? If so, it's a " gait". Which one depends on what breed he is.
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Count the beats. The one slightly faster than a walk is probably still a four beat but the one inbetween the trot/canter can be either a two or four beat. Then hes probably gaited. Some horses get a little prancy wanting to walk faster which doesnt mean anything other than hes trying to go fast. A rack is four beat and a pace is two beat.

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Saddlebreds are gaited.
If I am not mistaken they can be 3 gaited or 5 gaited.

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Yes sorry he is a saddlebred. I haven't tried to sit in the fast walk thing. I will try today. :)

Saddlebreds are gaited but I was under impression few do it naturally.
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I dont know for sure. I dont own any pure saddlebreds but the only ones I have ever seen or rode around are gaited out the wazoo and are beautiful movers.

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What breed is he?
For the " fast walk", stay seated, don't post. Is it very comfy, doesn't throw you out of the saddle? If so, it's a " gait". Which one depends on what breed he is.

breed is not the factor in a particular gait. Such as a TWH can rack or even fox trot instead of a running walk and a fox trotter can do a rack instead of a fox trot. ;)
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Recently I've been noticing weird gaits on Apollo. At least I think they are gaits.. he doesn't high step, but he lifts his legs higher than normal. The gaits I'm noticing is a weird sort of fasr walking.. its not a trot and its not a walk.. and its absolutely horrible to try and ride in but it looks very pretty (so I'm told). It may not actually be hard to ride in but I'm still leqrning how to post so it is probably my short comings. :p
Can't post on a gaited horse, too smooth, no bounce. Only thing I can think of is a pace with is horrible to ride.

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The other one is between a trot and a canter, he lifts his legs higher than normal, but not like the fancy saddlebreds in shows. The only time he does the fast walk is under saddle. The other one he does out on the pasture and on the longe line. He may do it under saddle but I haven't gone faster than a trot yet under saddle.

I have not tried to see if he is gaited and if he is its very unrefined. Anyway, just wondering if he in fact could be gaited. I've ridden a missouri foxtrotter and I know the fast walk is nothing like their gait.

Thanks!!!
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breed is not the factor in a particular gait. Such as a TWH can rack or even fox trot instead of a running walk and a fox trotter can do a rack instead of a fox trot. ;)
Im by no means a gait expert lol. Just happened to have a gaited standie when living in Italy and an Arabian who did, as I was told, the shuffle. In Europe it's toelt or pace. Here apparently every breed has it's gait. So I leave the specific identification to the experts
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Okay,
I got him to do it, and I sat there and did not post. It is very smooth. I'm just dumb and tried to post in it. He does not do it while on the longe line though. My barn owner has foxtrotters and she says hers don't gait unless thy are under saddle.
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