07-20-2009, 11:05 PM
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^^ Gaited horses, besides Iceys and Saddlebreds, aren't supposed to trot. Some do at liberty, but that is a whole different story. They are allowed to. If they DO trot it is either a rider's error, confo issue, laziness, pain, bad saddle fit, etc. There are many reasons, but many people don't need to worry, because when they buy a gaited horse they 'test drive' them carefully. Some have their own gaiting styles so it is important to test them out and pay attention and think 'Can I handle this? Is this what I want?' What happens in the saddle gait-wise, is a very important thing in gaited breeds.