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  • My horse paces, is he gaited
  • Standardbred head shape

 
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    12-20-2011, 04:44 PM
  #11
Foal
Standardbreds aren't naturally gaited. They CAN gait, though. A standardbred is known for either trotting or pacing. With the right training, though a good standardbred cross will make a nice speed racking horse. Personally, I think he's a Saddlebred maybe crossed with Quarter Horse.
     
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    12-20-2011, 06:23 PM
  #12
Yearling
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Originally Posted by kywalkers2012    
Standardbreds aren't naturally gaited. They CAN gait, though. A standardbred is known for either trotting or pacing. With the right training, though a good standardbred cross will make a nice speed racking horse. Personally, I think he's a Saddlebred maybe crossed with Quarter Horse.
Saddlebreds aren't naturally gaited, Standardbreds on the other hand are.

Taken from: Harness Racing - USTA Standardbred Breed Information - United States Trotting Association
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The pacing gait is just as natural as the trot; you may see foals pacing in the field before they are even weaned from their mothers.
I had a friend that rescued two Standardbreds, one was off track, the other in foal. The foal she had later on, would pace around in the field about as much as it would trot and canter, same with the older two.
     
    12-21-2011, 07:29 AM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
Saddlebreds aren't naturally gaited, Standardbreds on the other hand are.
LOL, you better tell my saddlebred that.
He gaits very well on his own, he has no formal training and I am NOT going for that at all. I need a solid walk trot canter first.

OP a picture of him in motion may help.
     
    12-21-2011, 07:53 AM
  #14
Yearling
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Originally Posted by SaddleDragon    
LOL, you better tell my saddlebred that.
He gaits very well on his own, he has no formal training and I am NOT going for that at all. I need a solid walk trot canter first.

OP a picture of him in motion may help.
As a breed, the Saddlebred is not naturally gaited, they do however have the inherent ability to learn how to gait.
     
    12-21-2011, 10:35 AM
  #15
Yearling
With that shoulder and withers and a fast high action trot I'm leaning towards standardbred.

I had a standardbred that did a running walk and rack. Nobody taught it to her. We just kind of found the gear ourselves. She was a free legged pacer that failed track 101. So the natural ability was there.

Anything is just a guess without a brand or a lip tatoo or papers. There is a lot of body and head shape variation in standardbreds. Just say them because I've run into a lot of them. My husbands family raced harness horses for ages. My twh has a dished head rather than that straight classic profile you see on so many.
It's a pretty horse no matter what it is.
     
    12-22-2011, 08:28 AM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
As a breed, the Saddlebred is not naturally gaited, they do however have the inherent ability to learn how to gait.
LOL, Like I said, you better inform my gelding of that. I assure you, I am NOT training him to gait and I am his only trainer.

No, not all are naturally gaited, but some are. My boy is bred to do so, not trained to do so. He is a hunter and has no business doing a slow gait or a rack, but....he will fall into it, if I don't keep on my toes.

Not trying to argue, but I've had too many naturally gaited saddlebreds to let the world belive they are all trained to do it. IMO, if it needs training to do it, it shouldnt be. Form to function...not force to function.
     
    12-22-2011, 08:34 AM
  #17
Yearling
I'm seeing some Standardbred, possibly some TB, but it could just be my horrible eyesight
     
    12-26-2011, 09:46 PM
  #18
Foal
Hard to say from photos

Thoroughbred or warmblood mix
     
    12-27-2011, 04:36 PM
  #19
Trained
He looks like my cousins Saddlebred, Sunny
But his head looks more Thoroughbred
     
    02-11-2012, 08:14 PM
  #20
Started
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
Is he actually gaited, or does he just have high knee action at the trot? If he's not gaited, I would hazard a guess at a Standardbred, Thoroughbred, or Saddlebred cross.
My mare is a Standardbred and she's gaited. She paces. Both left legs move forward and then the right. She chooses to do this naturally, and she never raced and she was never trained either.
She can trot also.
     

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