|Pennsylvania 6 month old TWH/TB cross
Question: My tb mare foaled on may 20,2000. I have a beautiful bay
filly. Sire is a ten walker/spotted saddle horse dam is Thoroughbred. I
still am not able to tell if my filly is gaiting. Is there anything
particular to look. This is my first experience with any type of
gaited breed. I realize that she might not have inherited the gait
but would like more info.
From Panelist Anette
If she is gaiting, she won't be trotting when in an intermediate speed, is
the best way I can put it. You will hear more than two footfalls when they
are in an intermediate speed. If what you see and hear at the intermediate
speed is the trot, then there is no gait present. If you hear more than two
footfalls, but it looks like she's trotting, then she is doing a foxtrot.
However, by 6 months old, most gaited babies (with the exception of very
strongly gaited youngsters) will be trotting or at least foxtrotting in an
intermediate speed, anyway. The best time to see gait is at birth. In cross
breeds, though, it is not uncommon to see gait at birth, and then they loose
it in a few weeks or months, and never gait again. The other place to see it
is when they are coming down out of a canter or gallop, then you will see
gaited youngsters take a bunch of steps in gait before dropping to a walk.
As they come out of the canter, there is a rotation from the front to back
of the horse as they go into gait.
Gaitedness in offspring is distributed more or less on a bell curve.
The best trainer for this type of horse would be a Saddlebred trainer.