Originally Posted by corinowalk
CM, After watching that video, I agree. I watched a few strides and thought she looked ok. Now, watching the whole thing, she doesnt seem very naturally gaited. Funny thing is, she won that class. Or atleast that's what the comment on youtube said! Its so hard to find good, naturally gaited horses these days. Atleast in my area!
Our SSH was obviously bred for color. He isn't well conformed and his gaits need constant refinement. If you are slacking off in your riding, he will pace you right out of the saddle!
It's really sad how many of them are pacey. The BL Walkers are even bred to be pacey now.
I see SO many riders with pacing horses and most of them are completely oblivious. And apparently some judges are too!
I guess people just assume their horse is gaiting correctly if they aren't bouncing. I don't think a lot of people know just how complicated the gaits really are.
I have a MFT, so her gait is diagonal. I can feel it as soon as she starts thinking about switching to a square or lateral gait. I HATE the side-to-side motion of the pace and stepping pace... I would choose a bumpy trot over it any day.