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tbrantley 01-21-2013 10:05 AM

Young horse gait
I am interested in buying a gaited horse that is turning three. I really like his color and looks. He has a very gentle disposition and is easy to handle. My concern is that he has a pace gait. My instincts tells me that he is not a natural smooth gaited horse.

I know it will take work to build muscles and i am hoping with training he will become a very nice gaited horse with a smooth 4 beat running walk. What is your experience with a horse starting out very pacey is it something that you think can be fixed with work? Would you buy him knowing that his gait is off. He is not cheap because of his looks . :cry:

Brighteyes 01-21-2013 12:41 PM

Pacing is easier than gaiting. Unless you know how to incourage a horse to do a 4-beat gait, he will likely always pace. Gait is in the horse's wiring. Some horses are wired to pace. I've ridden two and three year olds who already have brilliant gaits right from the get-go. Some two and three year olds always offer a pace. This very rarely changes as the horse gets older. It is possible to de-pace a horse, but it can be very difficult.

My own horse started out pacey. She's an endurance horse; she's fit as can be. However, she still paces as bad as the day I bought her. It's just her natural gait.

If you're okay with a horse that paces (the pace is still often smoother than a trot), go ahead and buy this horse you're looking for. It may not be a deal breaker for you.

However, keep in mind that if the horse is priced high based on looks, you can find a better deal if you keep looking. I would personally never over-pay for a pretty horse. Especially a pretty horse without a solid gait.

tbrantley 01-21-2013 01:16 PM

Brighteyes you are correct. I guess deep down I knew that but yes I have been turned by a pretty head. My own young two year old filly is already doing a very nice running walk and I just started her this winter. I just like his looks and they are so hard to fine.

trailwalker 01-21-2013 06:56 PM

There are methods to help a "pacy" horse gait properly but like stated by brighteyes if you let him he will try to pace. He is a very pretty boy. Cantering and lots and lots of circles will help break up the two beat of a pace. What breed us he?
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bbsmfg3 01-21-2013 07:43 PM

It's been our experience with pacey ones, that cantering them only makes them worse. I've heard more folks say it doesn't help than those that say it helps.

What ever you do, never ever, let him pace or trot. To do so is teaching him to pace and/or trot.

And no way, would I spend big bucks for a gaited horse that is not already set in it's gait. TOOOOO, big a gamble, and a pacy, gaited horse, regardless of pretty will not bring much money.

If he where trotty, you'd have a much better chance of bringing him around. Put a pace is the toughest to fix. That's why you see so many pacey TWH. They breed them to pace to get the big lick. If they don't make the big lick status, they dump'em.

tbrantley 01-21-2013 09:17 PM

He is a blue roan TWH. I talked to the owner again today and asked about his pacing. She says that he wasn't that he has a very nice running walk. That he will be three in March and he is just learning to carry someone's weight. I wish that I could figure out how to down load this video to this post to get others opinion........ I sure like his looks and disposition .

tbrantley 01-21-2013 09:25 PM

bbsmfg3 01-21-2013 09:28 PM

Yep, he is pacing. No doubt about it. That is not even close to a RW or Rack or stepping pace.

I'd bet you a dollar to a donut, he was bred to pace. They wanted a big lick horse.

tbrantley 01-21-2013 09:30 PM

I have worked with a trotty horse before and after about a year or so, he became a really nice racking horse. I had to have my ferrier shoe him different and that helped. He also had to get in shape and build a lot of muscle. I am not sure about a pacy horse. I have been looking for a blue roan for several years now. They are hard to find with the markings that I like. So it is hard for me to let it go......

tbrantley 01-21-2013 09:38 PM

What do you think he is worth ? Do you think he could still make a nice horse? I need advice because I am letting his looks get the best of me........

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