Gaited western showing
I'm considering training Red (3yr MFT gelding) for speed events. Has anyone used, or seen, a gaited in speed events? He's small (at the moment), quick, and very intelligent. I've watched him in the pasture and he can really stop and turn in a heart beat. Much better than Loki xD I'd be doing stuff like barrels and poles, maybe keyhole (if I can figure out what it is :lol:)
I want to train Loki for things like halter, showmanship, and later on saddle classes. He's very good on the ground, stops when I stop and gaits when I speed up, turns, etc. His color certainly makes him pop out of a crowd >-<
I am also considering doing trail classes with good ol' Sam. I've started working him under saddle and on day two he's been neck reining, working of leg cues, and going on a slack rein. In trail-like classes I'm assuming they judge how well you work with your horse, and more or less ignore the looks :D Sam has a big clunker head (dad claims he's part camel).
I've seen a trail class before and it was very laid back and relaxed--just the kind of thing I like Sam to be doing.
Gaited horses can do western/speed just fine. Trail will ask you to perform a pattern going over and through obstacles you would find on a trail. There will be gates, bridges, logs, etc. Keyhole there is a pattern on the dirt that looks like a keyhole and you have to run up, do a role back in the circular part of the keyhole then run back.
I've seen several gaited horses at the smaller local shows. Many don't progress past that but they are technically capable. The training is what's key. Train em up properly and they may be on the next trailer to worlds...half @ss the training...and you won't get past the local shows.
Although, that's pretty much true for all breeds.
I owned a Tennessee Walking Horse and he and I ran barrels. :) We never had a chance to actually compete but he was FAST at home so I'm sure he would do well. (He consistantly ran 15s on a large pattern) His only issue was the sharp turn because he had that typical loooong TWH back. BUT while he turned a tad wide he made up for it in the straightaways with his huge stride. And he loved it!! I could saddle him up and do anything. He was the most versatile horse I ever owned. He jumped, went on trails, did barrels....just a good horse. It's definatly all about proper training and realizing that not all horses are the same. I watched Sherry Cervi teaching and she went through methods she uses on two of her horses, each with a distinctly different personality and she used two different methods for each horse because what suited horse A didn't suit horse B. I say go for it!! Take videos, and show them to us! :) I'd love to see another gaited horse chasing cans.
Yes they can :lol: My gaited Bashkir Curly mare does it great (we love Indiana Flag the most) and I also have run my friends registered TWH gelding for Equestrian team in speed and he placed (lower, but he still placed lol) They are so much fun! My friend also has a Paso Fino mare that she runs at local speed shows every now and then and she does fine, too. Just go for it, take it slow
There are a couple gaited horses that run in the lower levels in my areas, they do decent but it's usually their riders that, ahem, could use some training. I don't see any reason why you couldn't so long as you get the normal base training done.
In my area, key is the same concept as Spastic except we set up a 'chute' with six poles (three on each side). The horse runs through the poles, does a roll back, goes through again and heads back home. I can't remember how far apart they set the poles though.
on the trail you usually do a bridge, a three sixty in a square and the goal is not to go out of the square. there's usually an L shape that you have to back through, again you don't want to go out of it. At one show there was 3 barrels that you had to back through going in and out. Thats what my picture is haha. You usually have to lope at one part, and trot at others. There's usually either a rope gate or an actual good gate. The object is to beable to use one hand, not letting go of the gate and minouver you're horse around the gate. Sidepassing in this one is key. A good judge will like it if you take ur time through it and stop before every obsticle.
So you're horse needs to know how to back, side pass, go over bridges and either do a 360 on the front or back. You're horse needs to be able to do a good lope, or trot and controlled.
Good luck and keep a smile on ur face!
I don't really plan on going past the small local shows :D It'd really be just for fun and put all the hard work of training to use.
Thanks everyone for there help x) Looks like Red's going to be doing barrels and poles at five years old ;)
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