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    The differences in gaits between gaited breeds

    Can anyone explain them? I'm referring to any gaited breeds from Peruvian Paso, Paso Fino, MFT, TWH, Saddlebred, etc.

    Some breeds are pretty obvious, such as the TWH amble. But other breeds like the Peruvian Paso and MFT are extremely similar. We got a little Peruvian Paso in at our stable and my coworker thought she was a MFT. I had to admit, her gait felt exactly like a fox trot. Watching videos is also kind of difficult to pick out the differences in gait. If anyone has a gaited horse, what are the characteristics of the gait? Feel free to share, even if you don't own one!

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    Peruvian Paso and MFT are not similar at all whatsoever.......

    Peruvian Paso. Notice the Termino (Paddle like motion with the front legs)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWZY0lhaxe0

    MFT:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f1PeHPZ4954

    Paso fino:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a6QqbLj96Q

    TWH: This should show all the gaits but i'm not sure.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eWtj5lmxwaE

    Rocky mountain horse
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrVsy3BdWgk

    Saddlebred
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0P3pFxzi77M

    None of these videos are mine, all pulled from youtube.

    My mom owns a PP, and he is the smoothest horse i've ridden. I've ridden several different types of gaited breeds as well. Many confuse the PP with the Paso Fino, so generally we like to call the Peruvian Paso the Peruvian horse.
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    I can't comment on any gait except the foxtrot and will just say the grey is NOT doing a foxtrot.

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    It has to do with the order of each footfall, and how long each foot stays down. And with 4 hooves that gets complicated really fast. Some are easy, like the different between a TWH's 3-beat and a racking horse's 4-beat rack. The easiest thing for you to do would be to find a website or something that maps the exact footfall pattern of each gait. For instance:

    Here is a Saddlebred racking in slow motion. The same-side front and back feet are picked up at the same time, like a pace, except the back hoof lands before the front hoof, which gives it four beats.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIN-6oyJZ4M

    Here is a slow motion of a fox trot (I think? I'm not as familiar with a fox trot but I was just looking for slowed-down vids of gaits.). The same side foot is picked up also, like a pace, but the front foot also lands before the same side hind. The main difference between a foxtrot and a rack is, the front foot stays down longer in a foxtrot, whereas in a rack the same-side hooves are picked up simultaneously.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neDQK0_pTU8

    That's why there are so many different gaits. There is more than one way to glide

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    The TWH's signature gaits (flat walk and running walk) are 4 beat, not a 3 beat as noted above. Lee Ziegler's Easy Gaited Horses does a pretty good job of explaining the various gaits. The issue is complicated when looking at gaited horses, for some are multi-gaited, performing gaits other than the ones the breed is noted for. Our TWH mare has at least 9 recognizable gaits--dog walk, trot, canter, flat walk, 4 beat gallop, running walk, step pace, pace, fox trot. Our hard wired to gait TWH gelding has the signature gaits plus a speed rack.
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    Hard to describe...you almost have to ride one and listen to the footfalls with your eyes closed to be able to pick it up...

    With Saddlebreds, your seat feels like it has shimmy shimmy in it....and smooth....imagine sitting in a rolling desk chair and just doing shimmy shimmy shake with butt cheeks...doesn't shake chair, just jiggles your rear...and more up under you in feeling. More feeling of movement in rear of horse than in shoulders or head. They don't nod when they rack.

    With Walking Horses, which should be on loose rein so head action gets going with their signature nod and the floppy ears...there is more a shimmy to the right...shimmy to the left...at same time you are moving butt cheeks forward from one side and then other. And you can feel the nod of the head in your soul as they stride out under you. Very ground covering are the Walkers. And smooth...a good one you will think you are on rushing river as they can cover some ground. And hypnotizing too watching ears. They also will have more shoulder feel to them and sweep of the hind legs is felt more as they reach.

    As PSKS said, many of the American gaited breeds, having same horses in backgrounds further back, may do a running walk, amble, singlefoot, rack, pace and foxtrot too, in addition to trot, walk, canter, gallop of course. Rex McDonald was said to have, after making his victory pass, settle down into a lovely running walk heading out of the ring.

    Having never ridden Paso Finos or Peruvian Pasos, I don't know what their gait would feel like under your butt cheeks...to me, in watching them I wonder if they feel more hoochie mama with the movement of the hind legs??? More sultry if you will?

    Pacers?? Feel like you are on rolling ship deck to me....all out of whack and hard to sit is what I found.
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    Was going to find some nice videos of different horses doing rack/singlefooting and what not....and had forgotten just how horrible so many people are out there that are into speed racking and how badly they do gaited horses of any breed.

    Very depressing and very sad.....

    Horses with no relief from reins...not talking about contact but just clamped down on....curb chains too tight, huge rider who is leaning back so far and rushing little horse down a gravel road as fast as he can...just so sad to see.

    If can bear it tomorrow, will try to find some that don't make me mad or make me cry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compadre View Post

    Here is a slow motion of a fox trot (I think? I'm not as familiar with a fox trot but I was just looking for slowed-down vids of gaits.). The same side foot is picked up also, like a pace, but the front foot also lands before the same side hind. The main difference between a foxtrot and a rack is, the front foot stays down longer in a foxtrot, whereas in a rack the same-side hooves are picked up simultaneously.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neDQK0_pTU8

    That's why there are so many different gaits. There is more than one way to glide
    That is not a foxtrot. It is a stepping pace. The foxtrot is not a lateral gait it is daigonal gait. Footfall is RF LH LF RH.
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    I have ridden a bunch of different breeds of gaited horses. Every one of them was a pleasure. I must admit that of the ones Ive been on the Columbian Paso was the smoothest. Amazing how fast those little legs went and yet I felt not a thing in the saddle. I would love to try my friends Icelandic but unfortunately I am much too big for him.
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