I'm sure this is a stupid question, but being new to the gaited world...
When I'm riding, if I ask my horse to speed up, how can I tell if he's just walking faster, or has he actually started gaiting?
Is there any way to tell from the saddle for someone relatively inexperienced in gaited horses?
He has a tendency to trot, so I've been working on that. I now have certain situations where I can push him forward and get what feels like a distinct change in movement (it feels more like floating, and seems to have more suspension. His head comes up a bit, and it's definitely faster than his regular walk). I think he's gaiting, but I'm not sure if I'm deceiving myself.