Yeah, thanks. I know he's never really been asked to gait.
He sometimes gaits in the field, too, and occasionally will do it under saddle when I ask for more from the walk (especially if he's having fun, like once when we were out in a field with grass above his ears, deer nearby [he LOVES deer, thinks they're his best friends], on a perfect temperature day, he went into the most beautiful gait) - but probably 95% of the time we get a trot instead.
On his vet check flexion tests he was gaiting half the time, trotting half the time - silly boy. We were all laughing at him.
IF I'm correct that this is a slow gait that I'm getting him into, then I now have a place/condition where I can get it on command, which gives me something to work from.
I get what you're saying about building up the right muscles. I could definitely see that he wouldn't have those muscles right now, since he hasn't been worked that way. But to do that, I need to make sure he IS gaiting in the first place, and working the correct muscles now