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    04-20-2009, 11:52 AM
Gaited Horse People, Question!

Some of you may remember I posted pictures of our recently acquired Morgan/Arabian cross gelding. He is 14.3hh, eight years old and now broke to ride.
Here are links to two videos of him, In the first we are playing with Natural Horsemanship ground manners and in the second I am riding him for his third time under saddle.

He has five gaits, I am not a gaited horse person. I'm not sure if the videos show what he does well at all because he will walk, jog, trot, do some kind of gait, canter which also feels funny and gaited to me and I've seen him run with the boys in the pasture. Any way you can tell me what it is that he is doing, What "gait" it is?

I know to me from the videos and pictures he looks like he is trotting nicely, However when I was riding I discovered this gait blindly by trying to post and couldn't. (DON'T laugh I'm a dumb Quarter Horse girl!)

Here are photos as well if they help. Thanks : -)

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    04-20-2009, 12:15 PM
Although its a nice one, it looks like he is doing a regular trot to me.
ETA: in most gaits the left side is moving together and the right side is moving together.
    04-20-2009, 12:20 PM
Thanks. I think I'll have to get better videos. It was towards the beginning of the ride when he was doing more trotting. I know during the ride there were several times where he was doing some sort of gait that I was not able to post to. When the rain clears up I'll have to try again.
His trot is very nice, forward moving with a lot of extension.
    04-20-2009, 12:29 PM
You will always know when you are in a true gait because you can almost put on eyeliner while moving down the trail.
I spent some time on a dirt road listening for the 1-2-3-4 foot falls. If you are riding someplace where you can hear them it really helps it to sink in.
    04-20-2009, 12:39 PM
He looks to have a very nice trot.

This might help you out some. Lol, excuse the music....the wonders of youtube *rolls eyes*.

    04-20-2009, 12:53 PM
This web site has a nice visual aid in the "gait scale" Brighton Ridge Farm LLC - Learn about Rocky Mountain Horse gaits

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