This may get long, I tend to ramble when trying to explain my thoughts.
When someone says their horse gaits what exactly are they saying? A walk is a gait, as is a trot and canter. Now I get that generally when someone says gait in reference to a TWH they are meaning the particular gait that a walker does that a quarter horse does not. But what is it called exactly? Is it a running walk, rack, or something else? Or are all of those words different ways of identifying the same gait?
Could someone explain the difference please? Do other gaited breeds have the same "gait" as a TWH or is it different? I have not studied much on this before, it was enough that the horse I was riding was sane and went the speed I asked for, I didn't much care what that particular gait/gear was called. Now that I have my own TWH in training I feel like I should know more about it.
Now for a another question. My TWH gelding has four "gears" as I call them. Walk, trot, "gait", and canter. I am happy with this as more gears means more options for me to chose from. Does anyone know how to get him to differentiate between when I want him to trot vs "gait"? They are both a middle speed between walk and canter so I'm not sure using the same signal for both would be very efficient. He just went for saddle training this weekend and the trainer has not had a lot of experience in gaited horses, but is the best known in this area for starting horses with solid basics and getting them in a good working mindset.
This is the gelding in question a few months ago in his winter woolies.