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post #1 of 4 Old 11-06-2013, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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gaited X non-gaited cross.....

Ok, before you beat me up too bad over an ooops, colt, understand that whether he gaits or not, he has a forever home on our farm.....

Ok. We have a Certified, registered Rocky Mtn stallion, and he bred one of my father in laws Appy's (barrell horse). The appy is roughly 1/2 QH.

The foal is 6mo this week, and I am about to bring him to my place for weaning, and to start putting some basics on him. On pasture he has shown a tendency to "gait" or "pace" rather than trot, over short distances, I have heard that sometimes they will lose this as their joints mature.

What are y'alls thoughts? I have heard that "gait" is a dominant gene?

Hopefully this is the right place to post this.

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post #2 of 4 Old 11-06-2013, 12:03 PM
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I have owned a QH/TWH cross ("Tyke", 1970-1998, RIP) for the last 15 years of his life. I briefly owned an Arab/TWH cross, and ??/TWH cross. ALL of them rode like they were all bred gaited, bc the genes for these gaits are dominant. Should be an interesting looking foal, but he/she WILL gait for you.

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post #4 of 4 Old 11-08-2013, 02:20 AM
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I have a 4 year old TWH who I've had for the last 2 year. In the beginning if I did not work with his gait while riding, he could and would break into a trot if he "lost" the gait. He is a "trotty" walker verses a "pacey" walker. Through the consistency in training his gait is now great, but it could have just as easily been lost, and if he was allowed to trot he would.

If he's already showing the tendency to gait in the field I would continue to encourage it once he's under saddle. I don't know anything about the dominance of the gaiting, but I'd say that if you work with it the maturity of the joints shouldn't matter as much as if he has the confirmation to do it.

Hope that made some sort of sense.....I'm pretty tired :)
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