I've done a ton of research on gaited breeds, I bought books like "Easy-Gaited Horses" my Ziegler (which is great, btw), etc., but differentiating between gaits is not my forte, unfortunately!
It's funny, because he has quite a few gaits he does at different times. In hand he'll pace, in the pasture he'll do a fox trot, and on the way back to the barn on trail he'll do either a corto or a largo, with high cornered knee action and very forward motion. That's beautiful, wish he would do that in the ring lol!
He is super bombproof, not phased by anything. Actually, at 3:34 in the video there was motorcross racing or something going on in the stadium behind the arena, the horses were flipping out and speeding up, but you can see Artie barely batted an eye
It struck me odd that he was the only horse who actually cantered. The walkers both sped up but didn't canter, and the spotted saddle horse kind of looked like he was piouretting at a canter on a straight line. Odd.
I love this horse, he came home from fair with twelve ribbons, two of them Reserve Grand Champions
. Who said trail horses can't show? :P
In the championships (both regular class and championships are in the video), the judge was a carted walking horse judge but judged a lot of easy-gaited breeds, and she said before the placings that she wanted the horse most like his ideal breed standard, which is probably why we only placed second for that. Oh well, it was fun
Here's some pictures of him showing off his fox trot in the pasture....at least I think it's a fox trot