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post #1 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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What gaits do your horses do and what breed are they?

Just curious, since they don't always do the gait they were bred to do and can usually do more than the ones they're supposed to (not that it really matters unless you're showing them).

My mare is a MFT. I don't allow my mare to do ANYTHING other than a flat foot walk and a foxtrot. She can do a lovely running walk, but if I let her do gaits that aren't diagonal she tends to get pacey, so I don't let her do that anymore. I could also make her do a hard trot, hard pace, or stepping pace if I wanted to, but I never would, haha.

My gelding is a Paso Fino, and he can do the Paso gaits (I don't really know anything about the differences between the different ones) and trot. He has cues for both.

I also canter both of them, but I really just want to know about the intermediate gaits.

So... What about you guys?
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post #2 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 08:27 PM
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I don't know if it qualifies but I wonder sometimes if Dobe isn't part gaited. He has the most wonderful running walk and little soft jog (I say he has 5 gaits LOL). I have never ridden a stock horse that travels like that.
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post #3 of 32 Old 01-22-2010, 10:00 PM
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Sunny is a Spotted Saddle Horse and he racks as far as I know. Gunsmoke trots (because he isn't full-bred TWH). I've never bothered to judge of Simon racks or gaits, but I think he gaits.

And all 3 canter beautifully :)

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post #4 of 32 Old 01-23-2010, 07:19 AM
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Máni is an Icelandic and tölts and does the flying pace in addition to the three "normal" gaits. We don't really accept any other gaits than that, they are thought to just be unpure variations of the regular ones.
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post #5 of 32 Old 01-23-2010, 02:23 PM
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My Bashkir Curly X Arab mare is gaited; she does a flat walk, the Curly Shuffle, regular trot and regular canter. Her extended trot can reach up to eighteen miles an hour while her canter is only eight... Because of her being gaited she makes an excellent trail and endurance horse.

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post #6 of 32 Old 01-24-2010, 02:02 AM
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My Foxtrotter mare Isabelle seems like she does everything, and I don't have a good handle on any of it, lol! Well, of course I have a handle on the regular walk and the flat walk pretty well. And sometimes a Foxtrot.

This is what I think I have felt (and confirmed with the Foxtrotter lady I ride with):

Regular walk
Flat walk
Running walk
Hard trot

All these cool gears and she drifts in and out of them and I need to learn what the heck I am doing!

I do not let her stay in a hard trot or pace though. She will sometimes go right into a hard trot if you ask her for a little more speed from the flat walk. It's a fine line between Foxtrot and hard trot! And she will go into a pace if I am aiming for a canter. I don't think she was asked to canter much before, she seems reluctant to do it and it feels funky to me.

I am working on encouraging the Foxtrot. I love the running walk the best, but she only does it when excited and I don't know how to ask her for it.

Sometimes I just get giddy when she is in a cool gait, whether I was aiming for that gait or not. Like she wants to be barn sour and not walk going home. Of course I want her to walk going home, but sometimes she will get into a nice little Foxtrot or running walk and I just have to giggle even as I am trying to get her to walk towards home. Hard to get mad when she is so smooth!!!
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post #7 of 32 Old 01-24-2010, 02:09 AM
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Oh, I have an interesting story.

I have a neighbor who once had a paint mare with a gait. It felt to me like a running walk, like the back end was walking but the front was trotting. Only she didn't have much animation in the front like my neighbor's foxtrotter who does a running walk.

Anyway, the interesting thing is, my neighbor inadvertently taught her to do that gait because the mare was always kinda jiggy and didn't want to walk, but my neighbor wouldn't let her trot, so the mare started doing an inbetween gait, something like a non-animated running walk. Is there a name for that gait?

Unfortunately the mare died last year. She was a registered Paint.
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post #8 of 32 Old 01-26-2010, 10:00 PM
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Well, my family has SSH. They have some MFT, TWh, adn who knows what in their backgrounds. Generally ours can:

Regular walk
Flat walk
Running walk
Speed Rack
Gallop (fast!)
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post #9 of 32 Old 01-31-2010, 11:22 PM
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My Baby RENO can do the following,

Flat Walk
Running Walk

we are working on breaking the pace and he rarely does it, mainly just when hes slowing down from the canter and I am still working on keeping him in a rack, he finds it confusing but hes getting it, he has only been gaiting for about 6 months, his old owner broke him at 4 y/o let him do nothing but trot and when he was 5 he was left to pasture til i got him when he was 7 1/2 and hes ALMOST 8 now
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