12-15-2012, 08:43 PM
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Wait a minute! Arabs can be gaited?? What the...!
My sister's mare, Neysara, was 1/2 Appaloosa and 1/2 Polish Arab, and riding her was like riding a snake, or maybe more like a cat. She could go anywhere: up, down, climb a tree... I swear, she could go up and down embankments that were virtually vertical. Agile, but rough!
Her son, 3/4 Polish Arab and 1/4 Appaloosa was nothing like her at all. He was flashy and eye-catching: always prancing and showing off, but, although beautiful, he was sort of scorned by the serious riders, because he couldn't even trot correctly. Take him out on a trail, though, and he was the best! By far the most comfortable horse I have ever ridden, and he could do his little non-trot shuffle for miles and barely break a sweat. He would be as perky after 15 miles as he was when we began. I wonder... could he have been gaited? I really never heard of such a thing!