I am so confused about all of this! I am new to the whole gaited horse breed but love it. Eventually I need to train my Rocky to stay in 'gait' undersaddle and I keep getting conflicting information about it. On the associations website it says a four beat gait. Jacoby does a stepping pace, (while lunging) so does that count? When I read articles about developing the gait however it says that the stepping pace isn't wanted! This is what I read today:
"The stepping pace may actually be smooth, but it's in bad form and is hard on his hocks and stifles. It also hinders your ability to obtain gait consistency.".
I am not looking for how to train him to gait yet, we still have a while to go for that! But when I get there what am I looking for?