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post #1 of 9 Old 09-20-2007, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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Possible new horse, First gaited horse!!

So this is Seguine, He is a beautiful 14yr old Missouri Fox Trotter pinto. He is a really sweet guy. Im looking for my first gaited horse, and he is one of the possibilities.
I have a few questions for the gaited horse owners out there..... This horse hasent been ridden in two years, besides the last 3 weeks that he has been for sale. Owner says he dosent go into a gait unless you make him, and she dont know how to do it. A lady came out last week to ride him and got him to gait with out a problem. ( She ownes gaited horses) I want a gaited horse for the gait, so my question is how do you get them in there gait and stay in it?? I will be ridding him tomorrow evening and would like him to go into a gait for me if possible.. I have all the time in the world to train him to stay in the gate, just need help on how you get them in there gate!! Critique away, like to know what you all think of him and such.

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post #2 of 9 Old 09-20-2007, 01:55 PM
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Its hard to tell with those photos...sometimes, he looks like he's got short upright front pasterns, sometimes not as much. Also looks like he might or might not be sickle hocked, just can't tell the way he's standing. I like his body very much though, very proportionate and balanced. He also looks quite healthy.
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Mmmm I agree with sara he has got solid pasterns

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Yes i agree, but what a stunner!! He has a beautiful colour. Also looking at 1 and 2 it looks like the front legs are be hind the verticle. Otherwise he is a stunner, such a nice kind eye!!

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post #5 of 9 Old 09-21-2007, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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yes

I thought the same thing....But they say that Fox Trotters have a shorter pastern ??? Im going to look at him today, so Ill be able to take a better look. Maybe Ill get some more pics of him and see what ya all think! Thanks girls!!

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Getting a gaited horse to gait is just a matter of collection usually. Draw up the reins to your belt buckle and drive with your seat/legs. A gaited horse usually needs to be on a fairly tight rein. I release pressure when they are in gait but still have contact with the bit. If the horse goes out of gait just reapply pressure to the bit while still driving with legs then release again.
So its draw up the reins, release when gait is acheived then keep light contact with bit. Hope this helps and remember most gaited horses are a little cow hocked.
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thanks

Thank you Vidaloco!! It seems to make sence! Do gaited horses work better in one bit over another???

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Re: thanks

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Do gaited horses work better in one bit over another???
I prefer a shanked bit over a snaffle. I have an Imus bit at the moment that Vida does very well in and I get good "tuck" with it. I have a Myler that I like too but I think the Imus is a little more painless although not as well made as the myler. . Check out Brenda Imus's web site at www.GaitsofGold.com She has nice messageboard for getting information on gaited horse conformation and training, and some great articles in the training section.
My husband said I needed to clarify the drawing to the belt buckle statement I made. I meant not to have your hands higher or lower than the belt buckle not drawn up to your belly. Sorry if that was confusing. Good luck on your trial ride.
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Here is a copy of an article on gaits of gold on the missouri fox trotter. I thought it was interesting.




If you’re looking for a gaited horse with a lot of cow sense, then you might investigate the Missouri Fox Trotting Horse. These animals were originally bred by cattlemen in the Ozarks. These men required horses as rugged as they were, who were smooth gaited, sure-footed and quick enough to round up cattle from the hills and hollers of the mountains. These horses had to outsmart and out maneuver a wily ‘hills’ cow.


The typical Missouri Fox Trotting horse boasts these characteristics. They often have greater muscle bulk than their TWH cousin–appearing more akin to an American Quarter Horse than to an American Saddlebred, for example. The standard fox trot gait has a long, low stride in front and a higher, lifting and shorter length stride behind . Fox Trotters generally have strong loins, broad chests, low set stifles and hocks, and short cannons. They excel at sports requiring quick spurts of energy, tight turns, and quick thinking. Some lines still demonstrate a lot of cow sense.
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