Originally Posted by Vidaloco
I see many gaited horses on trails with riders who can't get they're horses out of gait to do a normal walk. They have been made to gait so much they can't do anything else under saddle. Makes it hard or impossible to ride with someone on a non-gaited horse. I think this is sad.
You mean they always gait? O_o how annoying..
I knew it took some effort to get Crow to walk normally (and he's still faster than most other horses here, but he is walking calmly and it's not worse than the differense between ''normal'' horses), but he was never really gaiting unless I said so. Just rushing a bit in the walk and trying to fall on his nose, or so it felt :P
But I've heard the tip ''never let your horse do a slow walk, always keep it at the line to running walk/gait'' .. tho I never thought it would be that bad, I mean..I figured it was just when training for the gait, not as in..always, forever..O_o