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    11-21-2011, 11:24 AM
Gaited for sure. I would be using a mild bit and get her focused on you and not wondering all over the place.
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    11-21-2011, 06:36 PM
Your horse does have gait.

Here is what I see:

Flat Walk: Your horse flat walks, at the walk she is a bit lazy and goes in and out a bit because she is strung out and doesn't want/know how to engage her back end. By pausing it you can see her back leg swing under and the leg in front of it lift up to get out of the way...that's walk....but with her being strung out, it is easy for her to not use her rear and step pace. Walking horses get a lot of their blance from their back end when they are actually walking and so if they are not muscled, or do not have their balance at speed they will go out of gait and do what they have balance in at speed. The step pace is really smooth and if you're not looking to show or have a perfectly gaited horse, it is nice to mare did this when I started her training, but now that she has her muscling and blance she essentially stays in gait all the time, it just takes some time to get them there.

Either way, she's beautiful, love her markings! She has a nice back end
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    11-21-2011, 08:23 PM
Beautiful horse my TWH (when I had him) would do a gait for me and a normal trot with everyone else, he was in a pasture with trotting horses for 15 years so he picked it up also my friends little paso mare will trot a few strides and "act" normal but yours looks like she's normal with no gait, some horses walk faster then others.
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    11-21-2011, 08:58 PM
Originally Posted by Wallaby    
Lacey (Arab mare, for those who don't know) has the same walk and I say that she's flat walking... I'm not too sure how "correct" that is but it's sure what she's doing!
However, Lacey does has ancestors doubled registered TWHA and AHA (but they were purebred, only a few generations removed from the desert, Arabs) so I figured that her mild gaited-ness stems from that.

Lacey also has a sort of rack that she can do (I think, not completely sure since I've never video-d it), maybe the OP's horse can do that too... For the OP, basically, the rack thing I've felt Lacey do pretty much feels like her hind end turns into wheels and she's just rolling along, pretty fast, off power from her hind end. The front end just basically feels like she's floating- hardly any resistance from the ground or anything. It's very strange feeling. Almost like you're not moving but you totally are!
I know I would love Lacey! She sounds like my kind of horse. I love horses with "go."

One of my favorite gaits besides a good flat walk is a running walk. It's like their back end is gliding and the front end is swimming. I called it "the dog paddle" until my friend, who knows more than I do, said "that's the running walk." Duh! I love riding "the dog paddle." It sounds like the opposite of what you are describing with Lacey. The front end is animated and the back end is low and gliding.
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    11-23-2011, 06:43 PM
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    11-23-2011, 06:48 PM
Watched the first vid. I see a gaited horse, she moves laterally with a bit of a head nod. Like a lot of gaited horses who need work with their gaits she lost it when pushed to go faster.
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    12-21-2011, 01:24 PM
Thank you everyone. I didn't get any email notifications so didn't realize people were responding! Here is a video from her back. She wanders alot, we're working on it, but she definitely is a fast walker, I wish I could have seen her leg action here. Maybe she is in a more distinctive flat walk. Her head seems to be bobbing more and I definitely had the wind in my hair! Lol She had a really poor top line and not much muscle definition when I got her, but we're working with nutrition and exercise to get her in shape. I'm just loving her!

    12-26-2011, 03:27 PM
Judging by the picture that you originally posted....she honestly looks crossed with Saddlebred.
    12-26-2011, 10:06 PM
Hmmmmm...Saddlebred. I don't know anything about that breed. I'll check them out!
    12-26-2011, 10:45 PM
Ask her to lope and then ask for some speed.You'll know hands down whether she's gaited.What she may be crossed with is another deal.Good looking girl in any case.

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