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post #1 of 16 Old 02-19-2014, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Are STBs classified as gaited?

Prettymich as the title says and if they are can you teach them the other gaits that other gaited horses know?

And if they can how would you go about teaching them?

I've recently acquired an off the track standerbred, who is primaly going to be a pleasure/trail horse and I thought it would be cool to teach him the other gaits, if possible.

I'm not very good with my lingo on anything gaited haha so hopefully that I made sense
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post #2 of 16 Old 02-19-2014, 09:08 PM
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Many pacer stb's become rackers or speed rackers. I don't know how to teach them a gait, but I was told that pacers wear these leg things when racing so they don't gait. I don't know.
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They wear hobbles which is meant to stop them from cantering and encourages them to pace
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post #4 of 16 Old 02-20-2014, 04:13 AM
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As far as I knew pacing is a gait. Lots of them pace as opposed to trot, just like the gaited breeds like Paso Finos and Tennessee Walkers do..

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pacing is a gait. That said I have had a few standardbreds who single foot and they were trotters. I am not super familiar with training a gaited horse so I can't help with teaching it. I think the problem of sorts is that they either do it or they don't. If you have a STB that single-foots or paces you can teach them to trot or to track but if you have a STB that does not than you can't teach them.
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Yes, Standardbred's can gait and should be considered gaited, and they are one of the foundation breeds found in many of today's gaited breeds.

Most Standardbreds can do a rack/singlefoot, a good flat walk, fox trot, pace, and stepping/saddle pace.

I found it really fairly easy to get most Standardbreds to pick up an easy gait, and both pacing breds and trotting breds can gait.

I spend about 1-2 weeks (more if they have been out of work but straight from the track about 2 weeks of saddle work) of walking them, and getting them to move off of leg and seat cues. I then start asking for speed at the walk and most pick up a really nice flat walk (my otstb will keep up with the TWHs we ride with) I gradually increase the time spent at a flat walk and then I ask for the intermediate easy gait. Depending on the horse many with throw in a variety of gaits until they get their balance. My guy goes between a nice fox trot to a really smooth single foot, I use the fox trot for trails and single foot for smoother footing.

My biggest "complaint" with OT STBs is they can be a bit clumsy about their feet. They are so used to a groomed surface that it takes a bit for them to figure out their feet. Once they do though, they can be very very sure footed, but just be prepared for a few trips and knuckling behind.

I love my Standardbreds and I really do encourage more people to check them out as pleasure horses.

What is your Standards name? Is he pacing or trotting do you know?
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post #7 of 16 Old 02-21-2014, 02:51 AM Thread Starter
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He was a pacer :) race name is Elite Lad, from New Zealand.

I won't be doing anything for a while with him as he's broken :( (only reason I got him) but he's lovely and I love him to pieces :)

Can you elaborate on the different gaits?

Like what is different about a flat walk to a normal walk?

And so on, I have always been interested in a way about gaited horses and now I can say I have one

And he does pace under saddle, he's already been broken into saddle, I got to take him to the estuary when he was in race work, he trotted and paced under saddle.

He's trot is massive, like huge for a 15hh horse.
He's pace was a lot smoother.
Couldn't get a canter out of him but I have cantered him in the cart before as part of working him
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Those NZ breds are hardy horses normally, and I'd love to have another one some day.

Normal walk is the typical walk that all horses are capable of, a flat walk is a much faster walk, it is still square with the foot falls and is capable of covering a lot of ground. It is this faster 4 beat, square walk that starts separating gaited horses from non gaiting horses.

If he is already doing a stepping pace, that is not hard to break up into a solid 4 beat walk and then once you have that flat walk, you can ask for his intermediate gait. I hold my hands low and wide to cue the intermediate along with gentle squeezing from legs. Once I feel my horse hit his gait I "hold" him there. Now I'm not hanging on his mouth. As Gary Lane said, think about catching a bird, you want to gently hold the bird so it doesn't fly away but not too hard as you hurt the bird, same thing with gaiting.

If you have a friend with a gaited horse, try to ride them a few times to get the feel of when that gait hits. You may have to video your horse gaiting to see which gaits he is doing. A Foxtrot sounds like ka klunk ka klunk and a rack is a distinct
1 2 3 4 steady beat. Each gait has a different feel and if you are lucky you can switch between gaits. My guy will foxtrot on uneven territory (he is still figuring out his feet, he is still a bit clumsy) and will singlefoot/rack on smoother trails.

Good luck and post some pics! I will get some new ones of my STB up also.
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post #9 of 16 Old 02-22-2014, 10:03 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks :)

Unfortunately thigh gaited horses aren't really that popular over here (besides the racing STBS) and it would be hard to find someone with a gaited horse that actually gaits (dint know if this is the right use of words lol) their horse.

I know bundles of people that have Stb, but no one seems to encourage the gaits, not really a need for it over here, no shows or anything.

But I'm just wanting to do it for some fun :)

Will get some pics up when he comes home which should be soon
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Though Standardbreds are usually grouped with the "sport" breeds, they are definitely gaited.

There is a lot of interesting information here: I had no idea that you could teach them other "gaited" gaits. xD

I think this would be a perfect time to post pictures of your new friend :>
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