Originally Posted by justkeepriding
Some of us would like to start a mountain gaited horse drill team and would love some advice.
We had a Gaited Mountain Horse Drill team a while back and it was a lot of fun but requires a fair amount of dedication - especially if the members live at all remote. We performed at horse expos - which was a good way for others to learn more about this wonderful breed - and a fun way to enjoy your horse and others. Things to consider:
- Time for practice - should plan to meet weekly during the season for 1-2 hours. If you have new or less experienced members you may prepare them to spend a little more time practicing up front.
- Members/horses - we looked for well gaited mountain horses - some teams restrict by color but would never go for color over gait. We paired horses by size. You need even numbers - 8-12 - with 1 backup.
- Equipment - it is expensive to all have exactly the same gear therefore we simply restricted to black and found a local tack store that sponsored some gear.
- Uniforms - depending upon the type of show or parade we requested members to dark riding suits or black jeans, hats and western shirts (which we purchased in bulk). Once again, our local tack stores let us purchase at cost and actually donated the string ties for our rodeo parade event.
- Music & routine - these are the keys - we were lucky to have someone on the team who loved to select and mix the music and someone else who loved the routine. I know that they spent hours working on the mix - bringing it back to the team to work through the details and perfect timing. This is the area where you want some experts. The horses & riders will match their gaits to the music - it is like watching dancing with the stars - some moves that are fairly simple look wonderful when performed at gait.