I just want some help to decide wether to keep working on getting the trot or to skip trotting and work only with the gait :P
I know about the first picture, it's the first picture of his gait I got at all and that saddle is horrible to ride in. It's a jumping saddle.. It's also one of the first times we were doing anything faster than a regular walk and he was less than green broke at the time, so of course he wasn't collected. Just wanted to show that he is indeed racking/gaiting and not just pacing (it might be a tad on the pacey side there but I'm pretty sure it's rack. At least it is clearly fourbeat). Lots of people keep claiming he can only do the stepping pace if anything since he's a standie. :) And no, he was pretty smooth, but not as smooth as in that perfect, heavenly gait I keep talking about but can't prove yet :) (He did it again today I just love that feeling, like floating uphill.. he has a high headset there too but an arched neck and a less poking nose, also on a slack rein..but afterwards he got tired and just paced/step paced, so we walked the rest of the way
And the other pictures are much more recent, so he, and I, have learnt to collect better :) But you say the second picture is more lateral than diagonal? I know it's not a trot but I believed it was a too diagonal runwalk/flat walk/something, I definetly guessed on a diagonal/''trotty'' problem with it... It's definetly not a regular walk (the kind all horses, including non-gaited, do), too fast, smooth and his tail never get those waves in regular walk. There's a clear breaking point from the normal walk to this, but I suppose that's hard to see on a photo..
Yes, I tried trotting there.. it's not his best trot since we fought most of that session and that saddle really hates me (it's the same as in the first picture, I can't sit properly in it) but it's decent. I'm just not sure I'll keep trying to trot him since it's to much of a hassle to teach him to trot when I want trot and gait when I want gait.. and I don't really like trotting. It's just that people claim that ALL horses need to trot.. :S
Thanks for the input, I mostly showed the pictures to show that he does gait, and trot as well.. and of course I like getting critique and comments on his gait by people who know more about gaited horses (other than icelandics) and I wished I could see myself how things look and how the gait should look.
Can you say anything about the very last picture, the one in the separate post? :)
I'm still trying to find people that can film us.. >< He's definetly gaiting, I'm just not sure exactly what gait, or if there's anything undesireable in it/them. And I know he ixes and messes the gait up at times.. I try to listen to the beat when I'm gaitin, and when it sounds as even as possible, after what I can hear, I expect it to be right, and then I go after feeling to judge if he's carrying himself.. that's much easier x)
And about the bits, he has been started bitless, had curbs+bitless cavessons, hackamores+cavessons, only cavessons and only a snaffle. The second picture is the only one where he ever was ridden with just a curb. So he has been worked in most types of bits. And he behaves pretty much the same on all of them.
Today when I got that lovely ''up-hill feeling'' gait, he had a hackamore-sidepull combination.