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furbabymum 02-21-2012 06:53 PM

I'm ignorant. Do you have to make them gait?
Sooo I have a paso fino. He is my first horse and he's AWESOME! After reading a lot on this forum I'm starting to question whether he's gaiting or not. I will be taking lessons come spring but right now I'm just on my own. Anyhow, he's always been smooth and there is nothing I or anyone else has done to make him that way. You tell him to go faster and he does, though you hardly notice he's moving he's so smooth in his gaits.

I guess my question is, can you tell from riding if your horse is gaiting.

Can they not gait and still be smooth?

Brighteyes 02-21-2012 07:00 PM

I've never ridden a horse with a trot so comfortable it was comparable to a gait. If your horse is smooth, I'm 99.9 percent sure he's gaiting. :wink: If whatever gait he's doing is smooth, you're comfortable, and he's comfortable, all is well! If you could get a video of us, we could help you out further. Some of the people around this forum have a lot of gaited horse knowledge and can make sure you're riding him in a way his best gaits can shine through.

Palomine 02-21-2012 07:02 PM

He is doing his gait I am sure. If he wasn't and you were at speed? You would know it.

Many horses fall into it naturally, depending on breed. It is what just happens when they are being ridden. Some will have to be enhanced of course.

If you don't feel like you are riding a wringer washer? Horse is gaiting. But can always get someone to video you, and then watch it.

Darrin 02-21-2012 08:50 PM

Pretty much all gaited horses can gait with rare exceptions. But, just because they can gait doesn't mean they are. A lot of horses do have to be trained to stay in gait. Gaiting is work for a lot so they prefer to do something easier. Others are "naturally" gaited and for those it is easier to gait then not.

As already stated, if it's smooth your horse is likely gaiting. Gaited horses tend to be rather rough when not in gait compared to non gaited horses.

Tonipony 02-21-2012 10:29 PM

If he is a purebred Paso Fino then he is probably gaiting, they are one of the gaited breeds that are normally born true to their gait. If you have any friends with more experience they would be able to tell you right away if he is gaiting or not.

cmarie 02-21-2012 10:44 PM

if i remember right the passo's kinda paddle when they gait so look at his front feet if they go out to the outside and and back in he's doing his gait.

DraftyAiresMum 02-21-2012 11:01 PM

What Tonipony said.

For pasos, it's actually more comfortable for them when they gait. They are built so that their extra gait (the paso) is the most comfortable for them and they can do it for long periods of time without getting tired, whereas they may get tired at a normal trot.

I rode a paso gelding (retired breeding stallion) who was great on the trail. We were going over rough terrain and following my friend's other horse (TB/appy gelding) at a walk, so I didn't get to feel (or NOT feel, in this case) him gait until we were on our way back to the trailer and hit the last stretch of smooth, maintained trail and I was able to let him open up. They aren't kidding when they say you can hold a glass of water without spilling a single drop when they gait. The only thing I've felt that even comes close is my current gelding's trot (my friend was riding him to help me out one day and after asking him to trot, she looked at me all confused and said "Is he trotting?!"...yup, he definitely was!) and even it's not nearly as smooth as a paso's natural gait.

furbabymum 02-22-2012 10:20 AM

Good to know! I know no one with a gaited breed and actually get a lot of critisism when they hear I have a paso. The morons think he's a froo frooo breed. I just want to tell them that of the 2 of us I'm the smarter one. Why ride a horse that is going to scramble your brains out if you don't have to. lol

Joe4d 02-22-2012 11:12 AM

Paso's are gaited horses for people that ride with WTC horses, they can gait slow by taking short choppy steps. SOme people like this. It is smooth but does seem like alot of work. My TN walker has a hard time riding with WTC horses. The pace just doesnt match and it turns into a battle, His slow gait is faster than a walk slower than a trot, his Run walk is faster than a trot, and can actually be faster than alot of arabs slow lope. My guy does his gaits on a loose rein, If he is really tired he'll drop into a bone jaring trot, I can collect him into a slow gait or heal him into a run/walk. I was riding with a very knowledgable Paso rider that matched up with mine well, She could ride beside me and tell me what my horse was doing, helped alot.
In his run walk, I can lean forward and get into a really smooth canter, or sit back and get into a highstepping gait, Racking I guess.
I noticed I can cover more ground faster alternating between the two, the actual speed is near identical, but I think it is working different muscles so less over all fatigue. Or I could be screwed in the head and my horse is just getting in better shape,

Darrin 02-22-2012 11:37 AM

Since we are all screwed in the head for owning horses in the first place, that's where I'll put my money.

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