Wednesday, December 17, 2008

What Gait / Giovanni

Beautiful pinto Tennessee Walking Horse. What gait is he doing?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Trot for Endurance Vet Check

This beautiful Tennessee Walker is practicing her "trot out" for endurance vet checks. Read more of the owner's description here:

What Gait / Shotgun Sally

What gait is this racking mare doing?

What Gait / Chief Wahoo

What gait is this Tennesee Walking Horse doing?

Friday, December 12, 2008

What Gait / Dixie

What gait is this gaited horse doing?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

What Gait / Vinur

Nice job with the training; loose rein, the horse has some nice head nod, relaxed, use of his body is not restricted by the rider or the tack.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

What Gait / Fakur

This is a nice older black imported Icelandic Horse gelding. What gait(s) is he doing?

Friday, November 28, 2008

Racking Horses

Racking Horses, Single Footers.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

What Gait / Freyja

What gait is this Icelandic Horse doing? She's not set in gait; the gal is doing some gait training, and doing a nice job. She's not forcing her into a frame, or pulling on the reins, or having her fight the bit.

She appears to be moving in and out of some easy gaits. Can you identify what is happening?

What Gait / Icelandic Horse

This Icelandic Horse mare is doing a lateral gait. From the naked eye, the laterals are working together and landing at very close to the same time, making it a pace. Slow motion shows a slight difference in the landing of the front foot and the back foot on the same side. Probably not enough difference to call it a stepping pace.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Trot and Canter

Trot and canter (lope) of the horse, shown in slow motion.

Monday, November 10, 2008

What Gait / Tessa

This is Lucy and Tessa; what gait is Tessa doing?

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

What Gait / Dusty

What gait is this horse doing?

Sunday, November 2, 2008

What Gait / TWH

What gait is this Tennessee Walking Horse doing?

Video description: Naturally stepping high, No soring, Country Pleasure Racking Horse

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Gait on Loose Rein

This is a young Tennessee Walking Horse, just starting saddle training.

Naturally gaited horses should be able to gait on a loose rein as shown in this video.

Moon Colt

This colt is a cross between Moon (Missouri Fox Trotter) and a Percheron mare.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Gaited Horse Connected Riding Clinic


This video is of a lesson in Oct 2008 with Connected Riding instructor Diane Sept at a clinic in Eugene Oregon. This was a super fun lesson with lots of different exercises and transitions to different gaits. My 11 year old Tennessee Walking horse "Radar" is naturally (multi) gaited (barefoot), but he has poor front end conformation (toes out). He is loose and shakes/nods at the walk, which can jiggle me right out of position. When I am riding correctly his best (fluid & smooth) gaits are the flatwalk and runwalk. He has been offering to trot lately. In this lesson we worked on transitioning him to gait by getting lighter, instead of getting after him.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Horse Gaits

This video shows the horse's walk, trot, canter, pace.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

What Gait / Shadow

What gait is this Missouri Fox Trotter doing?

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Monday, October 6, 2008

Connected Riding Gaited Horses

Connected riding is good for gaited horses. This video shows a gaited Spanish Mustang practicing some connected riding.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Loading of the Horse's Hoof

Loading of the horse's hoof.

Friday, September 26, 2008


"The more you use your reins, the less they use their brains."

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Glide Ride

A smooth ride on a Missouri Fox Trotter; a natural gait. This mare is the ONLY cremello dominant Curly MFT in the

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Barefoot Gaited Horses

There are three valid reasons to use horseshoes:

[] Protection (rocky terrain, fast hoof wear)

[] Traction

[] Therapeutic / medical reasons

Otherwise, your horse may be healthier barefoot.

Shoes are also used to alter gait, but that, in our opinion, is not a valid reason to use shoes, and there may be much more negative impact on the horse in using shoes for that reason. The pros may not outweigh the cons.

Above is a hoof diagram which you can use to add to your hard-copy reference book for good horse information, or to put up in the barn. Click onto the picture to view a larger image.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Soring and the Tennesee Walking Horse

See it Through My Eyes is an educational DVD on why soring Gaited Horses is wrong and Inhumane.

See it Through My Eyes is an Girl Scout Gold Award Project.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Monday, September 8, 2008

What Gait / Racking Pony

What gait is this racking pony doing?

Fox Walk

A photo from Steph indicating fox walk:

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Z ROC / Rocky Mountain Horse

What gait is this Rocky Mountain Horse doing?

Icelandic Horse Connection


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McCurdy Natural Horse

Natural riding, bareback and bitless for a natural horse:

Friday, August 22, 2008

Gaited Horse Flag Presentation

Gaited Horses practice the flag presentation:

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What Gait / TWH WC

What gait is this Tennessee Walking Horse World Champion stallion doing:

Monday, August 18, 2008

What Gait / Herku

What gait is this Icelandic Horse, Herku, doing:

What Gait(s) / Soti

What gait(s) is this Icelandic Horse, Soti, doing?

What Gait / Shogun

What gait is this horse doing:

What Gait / Missouri Fox Trotter

What gait is this Missouri Fox Trotter doing?

Sunday, August 17, 2008

What Gait / Draumur

What gait is this Icelandic Horse, Draumur, doing?

What Gait / Freyja

What gait is this Icelandic Horse mare doing, for the most part, in the first half of the video:

What Gait / TWH Rocky

What gait is this Tennessee Walking Horse, Rocky, doing?

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

What Gait / Draumur

What gait is this Icelandic Horse gelding doing in the "tolt" section:

What Gait / Drifa

What gait is this Icelandic Horse mare doing?


Friday, August 1, 2008

What Gait / Icelandic Horse

What gait is this Icelandic Horse mare doing? She is bareback, barefoot, and bitless. No manipulation. This is her natural gait.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Gaited Horse Clinic Liz Graves

A gaited horse clinic with Liz Graves:

Gaited Horse Dressage

A gaited horse dressage demo:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Weight on the Distal Limb

Here are comparison videos of a gaited horse (Icelandic) walking without weight on the distal limb, and walking *with* weight on the distal limb.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Soring of Gaited Horses

Tennessee Walking Horses... being sored for the show ring:

What Gait / Gaited Mule

Here is a gaited mule:

What Gait / Rocky Mountain Horse 2

What gait is this Rocky Mountain Horse doing?

What Gait / Rocky Mountain Horse

What gait is this Rocky Mountain Horse doing?

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Gaited Horse Map

If you belong to the Gaited Horse email discussion group, called GaitedHorse at YahooGroups, you can add your name to the new YahooGroups map:

You do not have to give out your street address or any private information. You can input your website address for your profile page.

The GaitedHorse group is located at

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Sunday, June 22, 2008

What Gait / Melkolka, Icelandic Horse

What gait is this Icelandic Horse doing?

A still image from the video:


Friday, June 20, 2008

Lee Ziegler Stepping Pace Description

From Easy-Gaited Horses by Lee Ziegler, in regard to the gait of stepping pace:

"It is a broken lateral gait in which the hooves on one side of the horse lift from the ground close in time and set down close in time, but not at exactly the same moment, as they do in the true pace. The hind hoof sets down noticeably before the front on the same side."

The following image is part of her Gait Description Chart (click on the image to see a larger version).

The image below, from Lee's book, shows drawings of the three-foot support, and the separate lift-off of the laterals.

Link to Lee Ziegler's book: Easy-Gaited Horses

Thursday, June 19, 2008

What Gait / Peruvian Paso Demo

What gait is this Peruvian Paso doing?

What Gait / Peruvian Paso Pairs

What gait(s) are these Peruvian Pasos doing?

What Gait / Black Peruvian Paso Stallion

What gait is this black Peruvian Paso stallion doing?

What Gait / Champion Peruvian Paso

What gait is this champion Peruvian Paso doing?

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Middle Aged Woman

A performance, bareback and bridleless, Peruvian Paso Horse:

Peruvian Paso Gait Video

Here is a video showing the movement of the Peruvian Paso:

Stepping Pace and Sobreandando

Verne Albright's book, The Peruvian Paso and His Classic Equitation:

We are attempting to tease out the difference, if there is one, between stepping pace and sobreandando.

To begin, here is the gait chart that shows the intermediate gaits from trot (left) to pace (right).

Here is a chart by Verne Albright showing gaits from trot (bottom) to pace (top).

In the first chart, you can see that stepping pace falls in the pace category, with rack sitting between the square gait of running walk and the lateral gait of pace.

In the other chart, sobreandando is the gait sitting between paso llano (square gait, running walk) and huachano (lateral gait of pace).

(Note: There does not seem to be an allowance for the rack in the Albright chart.)

Here is de Ascasubi's chart of the sobreandando, from Lee Ziegler's webpage:

Here is Albright's chart of the sobreandando:

The chart that Lee used is the same as Albright's chart... except that Albright's chart has a mistake in it... the last footfall to the right is placed incorrectly.

While these one-dimensional diagrams of the timing of grounded feet are helpful, they are limiting as they are unable to show us the set down and pick up, which also defines a gait and makes it different from another gait.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

What Gait / Pumpkin Pony

What gait is this pony doing?

Saturday, June 14, 2008


Here's a picture from Lili in regard to the canter discussion, which is taking place here: Yahoo GaitedHorse Group, Discussion about Canter

Friday, June 13, 2008

What Gait / Pinto TWH

What gait is this black and white Tennessee Walker doing?

Tennessee Walker Gaits

This video shows different gaits done by Tennessee Walking Horses.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

What Gait / Jersey

What gait is this grade gaited horse mare, Jersey, doing?

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Horse Gait Descriptions

This video describes and shows walk, trot, pace, and canter:

Monday, June 9, 2008

Gaiting In Hand

This is a naturally gaited Morgan, gaiting in hand:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Breed Natural Gaits

Breed Naturally Gaited Horses; not horses that need boots to gait!

Training Gait with Clicker Training

This is a video by Leslie Pavlich, working with her Quarter Horse on his easy gait (i.e. running walk of gaited horses). She helps to bring out the gait with clicker training:

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Natural and Artificial Gaits of the Icelandic Horse

Some gaits are created by force, manipulation, or mechanical aids:

Monday, June 2, 2008


Why does it have to hurt to gait?


Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Gaited Horse Dental Exam

This video, made by Susan, shows two of her gaited horses having dental exams.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Identifying Gait

Some helpful tips for identifying gaits from the saddle of the gaited horse, video by Susan

Saturday, May 3, 2008

What Gait / Icelandic Horse / Nanna

What gait is this Icelandic Horse, Nanna, doing?

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What Gait / Tennessee Walker in Belgium

This is a Tennessee Walking Horse located in Belgium. What gait is he doing?

Monday, April 28, 2008

What Gait / McCurdy Horse

What gait is this McCurdy horse doing?

Saturday, April 26, 2008

What Gait / Koko

This is Koko, a Missouri Fox Trotter; what gait is she doing in the very beginning of the video:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

What Gait / Maja, Icelandic Horse

What gait(s) is this Icelandic Horse mare, Maja, doing?

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

What Gait / Rhett, Spotted Saddle Horse

What gait is Rhett (Spotted Saddle Horse) doing?

Footfall Sequence of Easy Gaits

Here is the footfall sequence of the easy gaits:

Left Hind, Left Front, Right Hind, Right Front.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Gait Chart

Here is the Gait Chart which shows the easy gaits from trot to pace.

Please feel free to post this chart on your blog or your website.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

What Gait / Florida Cracker Horse

What gait is this Florida Cracker Horse doing?