Trotting in the front and loping in the back.....I think......but it's a big no-no.....or it's loping in the front and trotting in the back?.....not a true lope....horses will do it when asked to go into a slow lope....
I think the person was referring to "gaiting" like a gaited horse with the term "4-beat".
For example, gaited breeds like the Missouri Fox Trotter, Spotted Saddle, and my own Rocky Mountain Horse have a true 4- beat gait in their arsenal of movements and the term "4-beat" is used since we can hear each individual hoof beat seperately from the other because only one hoof hits the ground at a time.
Some non-traditional gaited breeds can do a shuffle or amble with distinct foot falls, somewhat like the 4-beat gait that gaited breeds do, which is a very distinctive movement.
I have heard of a few Arabs that can do this.
As for 4-beating being a no-no.... well, it is very desireable in gaited breeds, which are the smoothest riding horses out there, and rare enough in non-traditional gaited breeds to be of great interest to some people.
With this interest in purebred paint Arabians (doesn't exist), I'm betting that this is 1/2 Arab/1/2 gaited (TWH or maybe, RMH) cross. I've seen lots of gaited cross horses that gait like their gaited parent. I had a QH who tried so hard to gait bc my herd leader, a TWH cross gaited and he was imitating it, but he really couldn't.
Hmmm, it is an undesirable movement in most shows now. It's possible that the seller is unaware of the change in movement or that movement is still awarded in the shows they attend. To answer Fulford15's question, 4-beating is when a horse lopes slowly with little cadence and it causes them to strike with each hoof individually instead of the proper 3-beat gait.
With this interest in purebred paint Arabians (doesn't exist),
An Arab cannot be a Paint, that's true but, there are MANY Pure bred Arabs who can and do carry dual registry with the Pintos. Crabbet lines frequently have enough qualifying white for a Purebred to be also color registered. In some circles that's considered a bonus and in others they hate 'excess white' as much or more than any old fashioned QH person ever did.
Dreamcatcher, I agree about the dual registries. But I've seen the enormous interest in splashy paints over the last 30 years, that look like those renderings where the horse blends in with the snow-splashed mountain background.
People want to sell to that market, and I'm not sure that this Arab is either splashy OR purebred. Only a paint gene expert could probably tell, and I believe you know what you're talking about.
Many people have bought "purebred splashy Arabs", that were really 1/2 Arab. I'd be happy owning one, but I'm not convinced that the splashy paint purebred Arab exists. If so, we'd see a great many on the market, and I haven't.
I have, however, owned 2 breeding stock registered paints. My KMHSA is one. She has no other indications of paint except her one blue eye and her almost piebald blaze.
The previous owner bred her 4x and 2 foals were splashy paint, one of which had 2 blue eyes. We know that she carries the paint gene. KMH's do come in splashy paint. Arabs don't. If I'm wrong, I'd like to put it rest. Could you post me some purebred splashy paints? I'll eat my words if they are being bred and I didn't know. PROMISE!! =b