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    08-18-2011, 08:13 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Celeste    
Ok, cool. I just googled it. Nobody has done a study, but Cornell is working on it.

Brooks Equine Genetics Lab - Cornell University

I have been around gaited horses all my life, and I think that it is a straight recessive gene. But that is what I think, not evidence. I hope to follow this study.
So if you don't mind me asking your opinion, do you think basically a 1/2 Fox Trotter 1/2 QH will probably will not be gaited?

Again, it doesn't matter at all, I am just curious about it because it will take a couple years to find out- at least under saddle. I have not seen him gait since just after he was born, but people tell me that is common in foals to do some funky things with legs right after they are born, so it probably means nothing that he gaited for a little while after he was born.

This is Zane gaiting shortly after he was born. He did this for a couple of weeks but not since that I have observed. He really loves to trot and canter.
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    08-18-2011, 08:14 PM
I think that he will have a wonderful trot, but probably not a fox trot. I would love to find out if I am correct. Nice baby.
    08-18-2011, 08:30 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Celeste    
I think that he will have a wonderful trot, but probably not a fox trot. I would love to find out if I am correct. Nice baby.

That link to the study is very interesting! I am thinking it would be cool to participate in it, but don't know if I will.

I would love to get video of my mare "gaiting" to see for myself what she is actually doing. As I ride her I can only guess from how it feels and what other people tell me. It would be cool to get video of it so I can see for myself.

I am especially interested in her fox trot, because she has an obvious fox trot, and a faster, rougher trot that I don't know if it is just a faster version of her fox trot or if it is a hard trot. Only one way to find out I guess!
    08-18-2011, 08:31 PM
Green Broke
Does the "gaiting" as a foal mean anything? Is that common in non-gaited babies too? I remember it looked smooth, so it must have been more of a running walk than a pace I suppose.
    08-18-2011, 08:52 PM
I am not sure if it means anything. It is possible even if I am correct about the genetics that the father was carrying a recessive gene.
    08-20-2011, 06:08 PM
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
Does the "gaiting" as a foal mean anything?

Some foals born gaiting stop doing it as they get older. Not sure why.
    08-20-2011, 08:17 PM
Ponyboy, what do you think about the heritability of gaiting?
    08-21-2011, 04:34 PM
I haven't really looked into it since I'm not interested in breeding anyway.
    08-23-2011, 11:49 AM
I'm not an expert, but I do have 4 gaited horses, one of which is a two time reserve world champion in western and English pleasure.

While gaited horses are born with the ability and disposition to perform all of the lateral gaits, most still have to be "trained" to gait on a consistent basis. I checked with some other very knowledgeable TWH people and they all seemed to feel that the ability to gait can come from either the sire or mare. They've seen it work both ways and seen it not work both ways as well. It seems to depend more on the horse with the most dominant genes.

You get a "gaited" mule by breeding a male donkey to a gaited horse. The resulting mule will have the ability to gait to a degree, but seldom if ever to the degree of a true gaited horse. Like the gaited horses, it will usually take a fair amount of training to get the mule to approach the gait of a truly gaited horse.

I hope this helps a little.

BTW, I grew up out west where quarter horses and Arabians rule the land, and rode one or the other until I was in my 50s. Then I discovered the TWH trail horse and I'll never go back. You really have to experience the ride to appreciate how different it is. Then you can make a decision for yourself.

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