This isn't to start any arguments or anything. I just wanted to know everyone's opinions on gaited horses and how they are shown. I'm not sure if there was a similar post to this but I am posting anyways. :)
I agree with some parts of the style but I also disagree as well.
I don't think being gaited is very comfotable for the horse in some cases. It does look flashy. But what if its causing the horse pain and soreness? Lol.
Lol. Ya, the only gaited horse I've ridden was a TWH. He had really bad soreness in him hooves. His owners had to put some gelly-like stuff in his hoof. Forgot what it was called. But his name was Danny Boy.
I defenetly don´t like how what I´ve seen of shows for gaited horses in USA ! (not hating on america, I know most americans take good care of their horses)
I think there´s alot different from shows there and in Iceland !
I do NOT want my horse to move like that !
Something like that would be more accepatble ! I don´t see any weight on his feet, and I like that !
If what I´ve heard about what is done too gaited horses is true ( like the huge shoes + chains) then someone should save those poor horses
I don't like the extreme movement seen in horses like the TWH when they have the platforms and chains on, but I love the smoothness of certain gaited horses when they're not asked to do those extreme movements :) I rode a TWH x gelding and he was amazingly smooth!!
Keep in mind being gaited is NATURAL! Now, having said that it is not NATURAL to gait the way these 2 horse shown are!! I think it's inhumane what these people do to their horses. BUT I guess it's the same way in any "Show world". Be it dog shows, horse shows, etc. None of it's exactly "Natural". Do you see poodles inthe wild with poms poms all over their bodies? :)
I have 2 gaited horses that iare like riding a cadillac. It's very hard to go back to my QH after riding them. My husband compares it to riding in an old chevy truck versus the caddy!
I don't think the Tolt is an unnatural gait either.. I just don't agree with soring a horse to make the movements more exaggerated...
Tölting looks very bumpy!
it´s actually so smooth
Hmm... to me it just looks like a pony trotting as fast as it possibly can - which I realize it's not, but I can't get that image out of my mind! I just think of some kid on a pony with its legs whirring about and the kid getting its teeth jackhammered out... haha!!