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what do y'all think is the best way or even a good way to teach a gaited horse to jump ??

i have never even ridden a gaited horse & have also never even seen them ridden. this guy i work with wants his gaited horse to learn how to jump. nothing big, just 1-2ft jumps. he has no clue about jumping & i have no clue about gaited horses !

any advice/tips/ ANYTHING !
 

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I would suggest lunging the horse over jumps to begin with and get an idea of it's natural jumping talent. But in general all horses can jump up to 2' and so I would go about jumping it the same way I would any other horse. Can it canter and trot? If so get that gait going and point them at poles on the ground and then when they can safely and effectively maneuver across ground poles then move to crossrails, etc, etc, etc.
 

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Gaited horses are just regular horses with different moves. They jump the same as a horse that trots. It can be difficult to get started because judging strides can be more difficult if you are used to a trotting horse. The canter is just the same. So in essence, train as if it was a TB and wait for the talent to show. Good luck! Im glad to hear of someone actually training a gaited horse to do more than trail ride. In my experience with gaiters, they are extremely unappriciated for their talents.
 

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The same way you'd teach a non-gaited horse to jump.

The only thing I would be careful about is making him more trotty. Trot poles are actually used by gaited people to make lateral horses more diagonal, and I'm assuming this horse does a running walk, which is lateral. I would explain this to his owner, if he doesn't already know. Make sure he knows that you don't know anything about gaited horses and that his horse might be a little trotty when you're done with him. It's VERY easy for a person with no gaited experience to mess up a horse's gait... even if they're very, very experienced with non-gaited horses.

If the owner is experienced with gaited horses and if the horse has a nice gait now, it shouldn't be to hard for him to fix the horse if he does become trotty.
 

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Does the horse canter? If so, you should be able to teach him to jump at that low height. If he doesn't canter, it will be harder. I know someone with a gaited horse who taught him to canter instead of whatever his natural gait was called, and then jumped him consistently up to around 3 feet. To this day, though, he still has to be reminded to canter rather than gaiting. To me, it's not worth it. If the horse has been specially bred to gait, then why force him not to do it?
 

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Does the horse canter? If so, you should be able to teach him to jump at that low height. If he doesn't canter, it will be harder. I know someone with a gaited horse who taught him to canter instead of whatever his natural gait was called, and then jumped him consistently up to around 3 feet. To this day, though, he still has to be reminded to canter rather than gaiting. To me, it's not worth it. If the horse has been specially bred to gait, then why force him not to do it?
Huh? They taught him to canter instead of gait? Gaiting is the alternative to trotting... not cantering.

ALL horses can canter, and she's not forcing him not to gait. She's just teaching him how to jump.
 

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thanks guys !! the owner knows that i have NO experience with gaited horses at all, dont worry.

im not sure how good of a rider he is bc ive never seen him ride. he told me that the horse can canter, so i was thinking of just teaching it from the canter. using a placement pole to a small cross rail. i am planning on taking the horse over just poles a few times before it jumps, should i just do a single pole & then some canter poles & just skip the trot poles altogether ? haha i always teach jumping from trot poles !

another probably silly question, when they gait do you just sit or do you post or what ?!
 

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Just relax and enjoy the non movement! I would go without the trot poles as it will make him trot. or atleast trotty...Start with a really small cross rail...see how he likes it. Our walker took to it like a fish to water. After 2 lil jumps at a 6" rail...he was looking for more. I think you will just love it. Gaited horses are amazing!
 

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^^ thats what ive heard !! it may sound odd but i only know one gaited horse & ive never seen him ridden or go faster than a walk in the pasture. im excited though, people are always telling me how nice gaited horses are !
 

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I've had a nice mix of gaited horses and trotters my whole life and if i hadn't found my gelding (QH) i would have been looking at another walking horse. For me...its not even so much about comfort as it is that i can concentrate better on doing all the right thing for the horse while riding because im not distracted by a bouncing trot the whole time...lol...
 

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I have heard of quite a few gaited horses jumping, and they jump no different to a normal horse. I'd say go for it, it will be a great experience. If I had the chance, I'd love to take it. :grin:

Keep us posted on what happens. :wink:
 

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Huh? They taught him to canter instead of gait? Gaiting is the alternative to trotting... not cantering.

ALL horses can canter, and she's not forcing him not to gait. She's just teaching him how to jump.
Not all gaited horses are the same. This one would far rather gait than canter. We also have some standardbreds in the barn and they're the same way, they'd rather pace than canter. Yes, they CAN canter, but it's always an issue for them.
 

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Don't post on a gaited horse. It's not possible. XD I ride an aged walker mare who LOVES jumping. We set up CC courses in the woods and have a blast. :D Let us know how it goes! :]
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