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post #1 of 4 Old 08-05-2013, 11:09 PM Thread Starter
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Gaited breeds??

I'm confused as to all the different gaited breeds, which breeds do which gaits, and what classes at shows are for what breeds. If some gaited horse people could please explain to me what each breed does, that would be great!
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post #2 of 4 Old 08-06-2013, 02:33 PM
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Your best bet is going to be to find each breed's website, and read about the breeds on there. Most of them will have videos of the footfall patterns, what to look for and the history of the breed.

There are many breeds that are gaited, and you won't get enough detail on a forum to really understand the breed and it's differences.

And there are some breeds that will do several different gaits, that are normally attached to another breed too. Many of the old Saddlebreds could hit a very nice running walk, as well as pace, singlefoot, foxtrot and amble.

Also, you can request information from each of the associations too, and they will send all sorts of things.

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There is quite a bit of information that can go with this. I have only had experience with Missouri Fox Trotters, Rocky Mountain Walking Horses, and Tennessee Walking Horses, and I have not been involved in gaited shows.
Tennessee Walking Horses have a flat walk, the running walk which can be quite fast, even up to 20 miles per hour, and the canter. Some have also been known to rack, and a few other gaits, but these are not seen in the show ring.
Missouri Fox Trotters are able to Flat Walk, Fox Trot, and Canter.
Rocky Mountain Horses are known to Walk, Single Foot, Rack, and Canter.
Now I am no where near a professional on gaited breeds, only my own experience. I really have no experience in the showing of gaited breeds.
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I can only speak to standardbreds some of whom pace, rack and singlefoot. That said if you are looking into the gates that are performed by the paso fino than really a breed group is the best as these are so complex and nuanced that I would be utterly bamboozled and an expert is best.
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