I'm ignorant. Do you have to make them gait? - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 385
• Horses: 2
I'm ignorant. Do you have to make them gait?

Sooo I have a paso fino. He is my first horse and he's AWESOME! After reading a lot on this forum I'm starting to question whether he's gaiting or not. I will be taking lessons come spring but right now I'm just on my own. Anyhow, he's always been smooth and there is nothing I or anyone else has done to make him that way. You tell him to go faster and he does, though you hardly notice he's moving he's so smooth in his gaits.

I guess my question is, can you tell from riding if your horse is gaiting.

Can they not gait and still be smooth?

Last edited by furbabymum; 02-21-2012 at 06:54 PM. Reason: Edited for spelling mistake because that drives me NUTS!
furbabymum is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 07:00 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Georgia
Posts: 3,246
• Horses: 2
I've never ridden a horse with a trot so comfortable it was comparable to a gait. If your horse is smooth, I'm 99.9 percent sure he's gaiting. If whatever gait he's doing is smooth, you're comfortable, and he's comfortable, all is well! If you could get a video of us, we could help you out further. Some of the people around this forum have a lot of gaited horse knowledge and can make sure you're riding him in a way his best gaits can shine through.
Brighteyes is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 07:02 PM
Green Broke
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 3,771
• Horses: 3
He is doing his gait I am sure. If he wasn't and you were at speed? You would know it.

Many horses fall into it naturally, depending on breed. It is what just happens when they are being ridden. Some will have to be enhanced of course.

If you don't feel like you are riding a wringer washer? Horse is gaiting. But can always get someone to video you, and then watch it.
furbabymum likes this.

Horses make me a better person.
Palomine is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 08:50 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,482
• Horses: 2
Pretty much all gaited horses can gait with rare exceptions. But, just because they can gait doesn't mean they are. A lot of horses do have to be trained to stay in gait. Gaiting is work for a lot so they prefer to do something easier. Others are "naturally" gaited and for those it is easier to gait then not.

As already stated, if it's smooth your horse is likely gaiting. Gaited horses tend to be rather rough when not in gait compared to non gaited horses.
Darrin is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 10:29 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Ozarks
Posts: 168
• Horses: 0
If he is a purebred Paso Fino then he is probably gaiting, they are one of the gaited breeds that are normally born true to their gait. If you have any friends with more experience they would be able to tell you right away if he is gaiting or not.
Tonipony is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 10:44 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: nevada
Posts: 1,492
• Horses: 20
if i remember right the passo's kinda paddle when they gait so look at his front feet if they go out to the outside and and back in he's doing his gait.
cmarie is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 02-21-2012, 11:01 PM
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Chino Valley, AZ
Posts: 15,915
• Horses: 1
What Tonipony said.

For pasos, it's actually more comfortable for them when they gait. They are built so that their extra gait (the paso) is the most comfortable for them and they can do it for long periods of time without getting tired, whereas they may get tired at a normal trot.

I rode a paso gelding (retired breeding stallion) who was great on the trail. We were going over rough terrain and following my friend's other horse (TB/appy gelding) at a walk, so I didn't get to feel (or NOT feel, in this case) him gait until we were on our way back to the trailer and hit the last stretch of smooth, maintained trail and I was able to let him open up. They aren't kidding when they say you can hold a glass of water without spilling a single drop when they gait. The only thing I've felt that even comes close is my current gelding's trot (my friend was riding him to help me out one day and after asking him to trot, she looked at me all confused and said "Is he trotting?!"...yup, he definitely was!) and even it's not nearly as smooth as a paso's natural gait.
furbabymum likes this.

Do not tell me I can't...because I will show you that I can.
DraftyAiresMum is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 02-22-2012, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 385
• Horses: 2
Good to know! I know no one with a gaited breed and actually get a lot of critisism when they hear I have a paso. The morons think he's a froo frooo breed. I just want to tell them that of the 2 of us I'm the smarter one. Why ride a horse that is going to scramble your brains out if you don't have to. lol
tbrantley likes this.
furbabymum is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 02-22-2012, 11:12 AM
Green Broke
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Surry, Va
Posts: 4,712
• Horses: 0
Paso's are gaited horses for people that ride with WTC horses, they can gait slow by taking short choppy steps. SOme people like this. It is smooth but does seem like alot of work. My TN walker has a hard time riding with WTC horses. The pace just doesnt match and it turns into a battle, His slow gait is faster than a walk slower than a trot, his Run walk is faster than a trot, and can actually be faster than alot of arabs slow lope. My guy does his gaits on a loose rein, If he is really tired he'll drop into a bone jaring trot, I can collect him into a slow gait or heal him into a run/walk. I was riding with a very knowledgable Paso rider that matched up with mine well, She could ride beside me and tell me what my horse was doing, helped alot.
In his run walk, I can lean forward and get into a really smooth canter, or sit back and get into a highstepping gait, Racking I guess.
I noticed I can cover more ground faster alternating between the two, the actual speed is near identical, but I think it is working different muscles so less over all fatigue. Or I could be screwed in the head and my horse is just getting in better shape,
Joe4d is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 02-22-2012, 11:37 AM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Oregon
Posts: 5,482
• Horses: 2
Since we are all screwed in the head for owning horses in the first place, that's where I'll put my money.
tbrantley and furbabymum like this.
Darrin is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
some people are just IGNORANT allisonjoy Horse Talk 22 01-05-2012 01:44 AM
Ignorant neighbors glitterhorse Horse Protection 15 07-13-2011 01:21 PM
Ignorant people. MeganMafia Horse Training 81 06-29-2010 12:24 PM
ignorant drivers jimmy Driving 5 09-17-2009 03:12 PM
how can people be so ignorant? wow. Go The Distance Horse Riding 15 05-14-2009 07:36 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome