|Idaho, Gaited Horse of unknown breed about
14 years of age ridden in snaffle bit--rope nose combo and western saddle
in pasture, trail, round pen by intermediate rider.
Question: We know that "Houston", our gelding, is gaited, but wonder
about his breed. His gaits are very smooth and natural to ride, even
though they look a bit 'awkward' to
He stands about 16 hh, with a very arched, muscular neck. He has a narrow
chest, but that may well be due to breeding. Mannerisms--absolutely
the most companionable and
From Panelist Theresa
His "trot" is actually a pace, and my guess is its a nice little swing pace. Comfortable, slightly swingy and you can go forever on it. A trot is actually a diagonal gait( front and opposit rear swing foward forming beat one, then opposite front and its opposite rear forming the second of the two beat gait) while a pace is a lateral gait (meaning both sides working at the same time in a two beat gait).
It sounds like your horse could be a Tennessee Walking horse, or possibly a mountian horse (kentucky mountian, or rocky mountian). Pictures would be fun to see!!
From Panelist Steve
Sounds like a Walker to me.
From Panelist Laura
The "trot" you describe sounds like it is a gait called the pace. This is a lateral 2-beat gait where the front and hind legs on one side move together. Your horse could be derived from a Standardbred, Tennessee Walking Horse or Missouri Fox Trotter (or something else <G>). Without any papers, there is no really good way to say just what breed your horse is. Talk to the people who owned him before & try to track down past owners until one of them tells you where he came from.
From Panelist Carol
Your horse sounds like a tennessee Walking Horse crossbred to me. Several walking horses were in Idaho during the '50's, including multi-world champion Hill's Perfection. He is larger than would be typical of a Paso and the gaits you describe sound like a walker.
From Panelist Lee
A picture might help -- although gaited breeds can look like all sorts of things. His "trot" from your description is a pace or stepping pace. His canter sounds like a typical mixed "siar" type canter seen in many gaited horses.
My vote would be to just enjoy him as he is and not worry too much about what breed he might be from. He could be anything from a Walking Horse to a Standardbred to a Fox Trotter, to a cross of one of these on something else.
From Panelist Stella
From your description,all but the "pacey/pacing" sounds like he's got Missouri Foxtrotter blood, or is one, but a photo would definitely be helpful..especially moving in gait, for accuracy. Often even a correct or trotty gait looks pacey to persons previously used to only watching the trot....so I am going more by the rest of your descriptions of movement and conformation.
From Panelists Liz
Just enjoy him and if you want some help smoothing out gait or more analyzing his gait find and experienced gaited person to give you a hand.
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