I saw a horse last weekend that looked to be gaited. She was doing a really pretty slow shuffle. When I asked the owner what breed she was, she told me 3/4 Arab & 1/4 Quarter. I have never heard of an Arab being gated?!?! Is this common?
Yes, they can be, though it's not something they typically are known for. One of my good friends has a Polish Arab (pure as you want, lineage goes all back) who gaits. He only does it on occasion, and I've only been able to get it from him once, but it's pretty cool and very smooth. She's thought about actually training him to get it on cue, but since he's just a pleasure horse, I don't know if she's gotten around to it. I don't know enough about gaits to tell you which one it would have been though. Certainly couldn't confuse it for a trot though!
And those indian shuffle Nez Perce horses came from ? Conventional theory says spain ( which I don't believe ) ,, Interesting that Mongolian horses do the same shuffling gait.
More evidence that leads me to believe conventional history is full of it.
My first Arab did what I was told is the "Arab shuffle". Unbelievably comfy. I never trained him doing it on command, unfortunately.
Rabiyas, sire of Abu Farwa, was a popular 5 gaited performer at the Kellogg Ranch Sunday shows.
Raseyn was the first stallion by Skowronek to come to the United States. He was a regular feature in the Kellogg Sunday Show, being trained first as a jumper, then for five-gaits at which he was fairly fast at the rack, though not quite with the speed and form of a Saddlebred.
My 27 yo Arab has two crosses to both brothers. While he exhibits a lot of Raseyn's gentle personality, he never has been inclined to gait. But I rescued him, 20 years ago, with a serious vertebra injury, so who knows.