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    03-29-2014, 07:44 PM
Saddlebred 5 Gaited

I remember my instructor talking about how the gaits are learned and how they have to still be slightly natural and how it must be slightly natural. In reality how natural is it?(Rack and slow gait)
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    03-29-2014, 09:26 PM
Saddlebreds are trotting horses, with the natural ability to LEARN the rack and the slow gait, due to their gaited ancestors. The biggest influence in their development, however, were thoroughbreds, so they are primarily trotters. Their gaited side comes from the extinct Narrangansett pacers and a little bit of Standardbred later on.

The rare ones that are born truly "natural" gaited, in the way that Rocky Mountains, Tennessee Walkers, Icelandics, Pasos, etc. generally do not make Five Gaited Show horses.

In order for them to be selected to train for the gaits, they have to meet many requirements. So many are born that are not built for it, or would be better suited for other divisions that it just isn't worth the time to teach them.
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    03-30-2014, 07:41 PM
Thanks! I have ridden a 5 gaited saddlebred so I was wondering about it. Thanks for the answer!
    03-30-2014, 08:49 PM
I have been told that when they train them to gait they trot them down a hill very fast to see if they break from the trot and into gait
    03-31-2014, 11:01 AM
Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    

The rare ones that are born truly "natural" gaited, in the way that Rocky Mountains, Tennessee Walkers, Icelandics, Pasos, etc. generally do not make Five Gaited Show horses.

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Except the Icelandics, they are like Saddlebreds. What the breeders told me was that most are born trotting and don't show any signs of gaiting. However if they show signs of pacing they're probably 5-gaited. One of the ways to teach them to tolt is what you described, going down hill. There are a handful of 3 gaited Icelandics, some will never learn to gait while some can only tolt. But it's rare, like the Saddlebreds.
    03-31-2014, 12:56 PM
Cool! I always thought they were in that "naturally " born gaited category. Thanks!
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    03-31-2014, 02:41 PM
Cool thread! I never knew any of this ^^
    04-01-2014, 09:40 AM
Here is a good article for you.
Getting the first steps. How a young Saddlebred is taught to rack.
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    04-01-2014, 08:01 PM
Originally Posted by LadyDreamer    
Here is a good article for you.
Getting the first steps. How a young Saddlebred is taught to rack.
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That was quite interesting. This is a good video on how to teach the rack (he starts riding about half-way through)/

Most of the time gaited horse owners are dealing with the pace, I don't see too many discussions on teaching a trotty horse to gait.

I was also told that an Icelandic with a rump that slants down is more likely to be 5-gaited than one with a level rump. The first picture *should* be 4-gaited, the second black horse shows a "tendency to 5 gaite"

"Icelandic Horse" by Jerry Deutsch | Redbubble

(Look at the standing picture.)

Fídlari frá Tolt Away | Tolt Away

gaited, natural, rack, slow gait

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