The people who had him weren't sure of what he was...they said "paint" because he's pinto colored, initially they bought him because they thought he would be gaited. But when I had a pre purchase exam done on him, my vet also thought he was gaited.
He is not gaited though. He has an awkward skinny hind end(lacking muscle tone). Back legs were xrayed by vet, and he is sound. So that's not the problem.
But I'm having a hard time getting my saddle to fit him... it's a medium tree cheyenne springs tucker saddle. He's thin built little guy, so a medium tree should fit him. But it rolls when I try mounting from the ground. I have tried a regular round skirt pad on him and a thin square felt pad, saddle still rolls.
I'm wondering if he has Arab in him? He lifts his tail slightly when he runs, and his ears remind me of an arab a little. His nostrils are not as large as an arab though. He displays some of the same mannerisms that my previous qh/paint/arab mare had...but she was more stoutly built because she was 1/8 arab.
He's about 15.1 hands. Is a little underweight right now, but I'm working on that. And is 5 years old according to the vet. I bought him for general trail riding. But was hoping to do competitive trail riding with him...
Just looking for some ideas on if he might be arab cross? Or gaited cross isn't gaited...? hoping it will help me figure out my saddle issue.
Thank you for any tips or help!