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    09-08-2010, 04:19 PM
Gaited Horses

I'm English and we don't use this term or have these horses over here, could someone explain it to or me or tell me what they are please??
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    09-08-2010, 04:56 PM
A "gaited" horse is one that does gaits other than the trot. In the US...they are fairly common including the Tennesee walking horse, Missori fox trotter, and the PasoFino. All produce a gait that is smoother than a trot. Here are a few videos.

    09-08-2010, 05:01 PM
Ah I see, we have Trotter's over here and they are usually driven not ridden, I would say the most popular breed that do this other than a specially bred trotter, would be a Hackney, Thankyou for explaining it for me.
    09-08-2010, 05:58 PM
I think you misunderstood because Hackneys and trotters have nothing to do with gaited horses. In fact gaited horses are the complete opposite - They do NOT trot (well they can but it's usually considered undesirable).

Basically a gaited horse is one that can move at the speed of a trot (sometimes faster) while always keeping at least one foot on the ground. That means that they don't bounce the rider up and down. The gaits they do instead of a trot are called "easy gaits" or "smooth gaits" and the ability to perform them is inherited. Different breeds are associated with different easy gaits.
    09-08-2010, 06:29 PM
You clearly have no idea what or proper trotter or hackney can do as they do not trot either they pace!!
    09-08-2010, 06:47 PM
Well that's news to me. I have 5 different books on horse breeds and none of them say that hackneys pace. In fact one says right in the introduction "Hackneys were born to trot." And why would a horse be called a trotter if it paces?

I'll assume it's a difference between the US and the UK.

But while we're on the subject, although some gaited horses do pace their "easy gait" is not a pace. Most gaited horse riders hate pacing a much as they hate trotting!
    09-08-2010, 07:04 PM
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Originally Posted by SpeedDemon    
I'm English and we don't use this term or have these horses over here, could someone explain it to or me or tell me what they are please??
they have a 4 beat instead of a 2 beat gait.

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