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post #21 of 111 Old 12-15-2009, 07:31 PM Thread Starter
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What makes a horse gait? Is it just genetics?
Yes, genetics along with a short back generally, although I have a long backed mare who gaits like a dream. I don't want to try to get into the anatomy explanations since I don't really understand the build it takes. Anybody here who can help with that?

You can trace some original gaiteds back to the Spanish Jennets, that were left and became the base for many American horses in the old west. Some mustangs on occasion turn out to be gaited. There is a local woman that got a mustang from the BLM and she is gaited. The indians crossed some of their horses and this is how many believe that the Indian Shuffler in the appaloosas came to be.

Another point is that a lot of gait has been believed bred out of many breeds. Does anyone honestly think a cowboy would ride a pokey slow horse when tending to the herd? and then when speeding up he would post to a trot? There are still horses out west that do a form of gaiting to get the job done with comfort for the rider.

It has been bred out of paint and QH's, but that's fine. They are bred for a different purpose than the gaited, but when they do western pleasure and you see the horse doing that funky trot and lope that is so smooth it looks to me like they are trying to get the smoothness of a gait.

The original Rocky/Kentucky mountain horses were very short (pony size around 13 to 14.1 hands) in order to carry their riders up hilly mountains in treed areas. Their small stature could easily carry a rider under trees, and their sturdy build could easily carry adults long distances. They are easy keepers in general and will stay nice and sassy just off grass hay.

I am happy to see that after many started breeding the 16 hand horses that they are now back to breeding more for the 14 to 15 hand size to maintain the integrity of the breed.

If anyone else has more information about Rockies or any gaited breed I would love to hear it. It's fun to continue learning more about how different gaited breeds developed.
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post #22 of 111 Old 12-15-2009, 08:05 PM
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Here's my new Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse. All of the Rockies around here seemed spindly or small to me, and I was very happily surprised when this sturdy boy showed up. He's nicely gaited and gorgeous to boot! His mom was a Tennessee Walker without papers, so he was registered Ky. Mtn.

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post #23 of 111 Old 12-16-2009, 04:52 AM
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my best friend of all, Rocky (yes. I didn't name him, don't blame me D= hehe)
he is a 12 y/o gelding. 13.3hh...for some reason.
because of his size as I grew older it was only fair for me to sell him to buy a horse that was a more appropriate size for me. he is now back with the same friend I bought him from to be ridden by her younger grandchildren.

not sure what's with him, but he only gaits once in a blue moon. I asked a former gaited trainer friend of mine and she suggested that he may have actually been trained NOT to gait. ?!!
anyway, here's the man himself:









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post #24 of 111 Old 12-16-2009, 05:12 AM
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ps. yes, rocky is pretty fat, I know D=
he was spoiled absolutely rotten. I mean, look at that face.
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ps. yes, rocky is pretty fat, I know D=
he was spoiled absolutely rotten. I mean, look at that face.
That sometimes can be a reason why they aren't gaiting. Sometimes if they are a bit pudgy you will have trouble getting them to gait. Nothing to worry about with height 13.3 is an old line height. I see full size men riding the small sizes and yet they don't look odd on them. They are bred to carry 180 - 200 pounds even for their small size.

Very pretty boy.

Gorgeous KMSHA MuleWrangler, another palomino! My 20 year old grade mare was listed with the RMH when I bought her, but I transferred her over to KMSHA since I am registering everyone with them. Dolly has a lot of Tennessee Walker in her. You can tell by the rambling walk that she has. Huge overstride that really gives you back flex.
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post #26 of 111 Old 12-16-2009, 09:49 AM
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Im glad we are finially getting some RMH people posting...Nice thread idea Macs

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post #27 of 111 Old 12-16-2009, 09:09 PM
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That sometimes can be a reason why they aren't gaiting. Sometimes if they are a bit pudgy you will have trouble getting them to gait. Nothing to worry about with height 13.3 is an old line height. I see full size men riding the small sizes and yet they don't look odd on them. They are bred to carry 180 - 200 pounds even for their small size.

Very pretty boy.
thank you! and Rocky thanks you too
I'm really glad you posted this, because I've been trying to figure these things out for a really long time. at times I was wondering if maybe he was just crossed with something else, but I feel like conformationally and with the type of temperament he has, I just couldn't see it..it's still possible but..I don't see it.
I'll have to tell my friend who has him now about those things, I think she'd be interested to know. by now she's already taken to just figuring he's part poa or something.
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post #28 of 111 Old 12-17-2009, 10:27 AM
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I love their chocolate colors. I've ridden one gaited horse I hated it, but I also had no idea what he was actually doing lol. They look so small. Im used to a stocky little qh or paint. I'm sure Id have no problem riding one, physically, I am pretty small myself, but in my mind I just think these guys are ponies.
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post #29 of 111 Old 12-17-2009, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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They come in all sizes, from the 13.3 pony size up to 16 hands tall. Our friends had a buckskin gelding that was 16 hands. When they get that tall they can resemble other breeds so you may have seen one and not even known it was a RMH. All mine are in the 15.1 and 15.2 range.
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post #30 of 111 Old 12-17-2009, 09:01 PM
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Shiloh is going to finish at 16hh so she is a big Rocky. Then there is my little Vida who is 14.3hh I think the breed standard is not over 16hh and not less than 14.2hh


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