Some one at the barn I board at has a curly/freisien/missori fox trotter gelding. He gets ridden almost never, and only then at a walk. I have never seen him ridden at a trot, neither have his owners. They claim he is gaited. He doesnt gait in the pasture. When I told them I had never seen him gait, they replied "thats because he's never been taught".
Is it possible this horse is gaited and just has never been taught to do it, or am I correct in assuming that if he doesnt gait without a rider or in the pasture he can not be taught to do it?