Gaited horses and showing questions
So after owning stock horses for the last 10yrs I've decided it's time to own my first true gaited horse. I live out west and we really don't have many gaited horses to choose from, so early this summer my husband and I are making a horse buying trip back east to KY and NC. I haven't completely decided on whether I want a TWH or a Rocky Mtn. Right now I'm going towad a walker but I love those Rockies, I just know it will be easier to get the size and price range I want with a walker and I also keep picturing my Granny back in Ky in 1929(yes proabition days) taking off delivering shine to the neighbors on the back of a walker as her brothers kept the cops busy by misleading them in the old car. Kind of makes me feel like I'm getting a peice of her back plus my first love was my neighbors TWH stallion. Thing is I wanna to show not big time just local everyday ribbon shows. We don't have gaited shows at all here, only AQHA rules for shows. My question is even tho I know I can enter classes I doubt they would even give my future horse a decent look, which totally isn't fair. I know a TWH can canter but I don't want to teach him/her to trot and I know in WP they expect the headset to be much lower then a TWHs headset, sure a Rockies seems a bit lower tho and posting will just look silly and be pointless. Does anyone show their gaited horses at these type of shows? Do the judges treat them fairly? I do not want to waste money on showing a horse just for people just not to get him. Or worse yet flat out not give him a chance I'm sure the horse truly wouldn't care and all and all it would jsut be for experience, but honestly I tend to get a little angry over judging a horse unfairly in an open breed show, because of his breed.
Out West is a big area. There are LOTS of gaited horses in CA, AZ, Or, Wa. There were breed shows & at the small local levels there is a class called Country Pleasure, which is walk & your favorite gait. I've had Peruvian Pasos, Paso Finos, TWH, & a Rockie. Friends had Miss. Fox Trotters, Spotted Saddle Horses & gaited Morgans. Icelandics also. I would check out dreamhorse.com before making a long trip. Many Walkers go for little $$ at the local auctions, but you do have to know what you are doing there.
if you want to show or compete, you can either do so against yourself for your own satisfaction and judge yourself. Or you can walk the party line and do what everyone else does. Simply not really any way around it. Western people wanna see stock horses, english people wanna see TB and warmbloods, Others need not apply. Just the way it is.
I say get the horse you want , do what you want and enjoy it,
Well I'm getting a gaited no doubt about that, I live in Southeastern NM I've seen one gaited horse here and it was a MFT. I have not seen one Rocky Mountain in this area or one TWH. Lol I tend to get eye rolls or why when I tell people I know I'm getting agaited horse. They grew up on their breeds that they like, I grew up with Walkers. I don't even think there is a horse auction around here but I do know their is a demand for gaited horses nobody is just willing to go look luckily I'm from Eastern Ky so I'm killing 2birds with one stone see family and horse shop . I will still show, win or loose it's gonna be for fun anyway and to get my new horse used to me and help build a trust for both of us. Luckily open shows aren't expenisve, lol wonder what they would think if I should up at a hunter jumper show on a walker lol or better yet a dressage show.
Here are the Walking Horse rules for dressage. I don't know how old the article is, so some things may be different by now.
Point-being --- one can do dressage on a gaited horse:D
TWHBEA | Dressage Rules
I am personally acquainted with a lady on GHS that has taken dressage lessons on her TWH. I don't know if she's done any competition but she enjoyed the lessons.
USDF, few years back, had a committee investigate the possibility of including "gaited dressage" under the USDF aegis. The committe recommended against it. Their major issue was the Dressage rules on "purity of gait." They noted that there is no, one standard for defining the various soft gaits. Even within breeds there are differences in defining a "correct" gait. They felt that a Dressage judge would be practically unable to make a call on "correctness" when even the breed experts, themselves, could not. The USDF Board accepted the recommendation of the committee.
I note that USDF may be "flirting" with "Western Dressage." I don't think a final decision has yet been made.
For many purposes basic, classical dressage work can be very beneficial for a gaited horse. It might no improve gait directly, but if the horse becomes stronger, more flexible, and more responsive to the rider then that would be positive.
I thought dressage was about training and the communication of said training between rider and horse. I guess it could be kind of hard to tell if someone is asking a horse to do something if they don't really know what the horse is doing. Sigh, I'll just remember after a long long ride that if I want to go a little faster the a walk I won't have to post lol
Why not trying a paso fino!!
Go to Facebook, Search for the group Gaited Dressage, they are an open group. They are moving more and more in the direction of dressage and there are many people with all different breeds of gaiteds that are learning and taking the tests.
I agree with this.
In all honestly, they probably won't give your horse a look, that is just how those kind of judges are. They want slow.low. and that is all they are looking for, which would be pretty hard to teach a Gaited Horse.
I know how your feeling, I have a gaited horse (TWH) and I want to show him at local shows at well, knowing this I am doing it to get experience and show off what he can do, no matter what people think.
I have taught him long and low for the head, and a relaxed body; which I feel is very important no matter the breed.
If your going into English, or just need some suggestions, I would highly recommend looking up "Naturally Gaited" on Facebook or she has a website.
She competes with her horse in all different types of things: Western, English, Jumping, etc and she is very open to helping people. She has helped me a lot.
Good luck, if you need some more suggestions feel free to message me.
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