I was told early on that you CANNOT ride a gaited horse in a full skirted western saddle because it will interfere with the gait and prevent them from using their hind end and getting underneath themselves.
If a western pleasure QH can do it, what makes these guys so darn special?
Here's the type of skirt I'm talking about:
...except mine isn't a Dale Chavez (gosh darnit... )
...I'm also thinking it might be horse dependent? The horse I'm working on is rather short, 14.3hh, and has a shorter back. But my training saddle is wider...and the narrow tree on the "gaited" saddle I'm using is not good.