Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
I agree that if possible you should look into a gaited tree, however often these trees are not made to fit all the different breeds/builds gaited horses come in. IME, and I could be wrong, they are made with a narrower horse in mind. My own KMH is extremely short backed, table backed, and low withered, I tried about 7 saddles on him, and none fit. Even the cutback my trainer has FOR gaited horses. I actually had to take him and have him fitted to find something that works. I had the idea that I needed a gaited saddle and none of them were fitting! Of course, once I got him there the fitter said there is no way a gaited tree is going to work on him.:roll:. I ended up getting a barrel saddle(only thing short enough)with full qh bars, its the only thing that fit.
I would say you should maybe find a riding instructor somewhere with experience in gaited horses, Pasos specifically if you can find one, and take a few lessons. While you are still supposed to ride centered and balanced, there are a few things that are different with gaited horses that you should know.