Originally Posted by sillybunny11486
What makes a horse gait? Is it just genetics?
In a way, yes. Someone took an abnormally smoothe horse and bred it to another smoothe horse, whose offspring bred with another and another until the gait become prominant. This is how the gaited horse came into being (or at least I think so). So yes. In a nutshell, it originated from the genetics, you could say.
It's 100% natural. Nothing to worry about. Gunsmoke has a bad gait (he mostly trots) and nothing we've tried for him to gait properly ever lasted long. Always wondered why he didn't gait UNTIL the dishonest sellers told us he was a TWH/Sadlebred/Paso Mix 3 YEARS AFTER WE HAD BOUGHT HIM. Yeah.
I guess the Saddlebred in him was too prominate ('Breds have to be trained
to gait mechanically).