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 Posted: Wed May 9th, 2012 09:33 pm
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BrendaImus
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Yes, I really need to see a video to discern what gait your horse might be doing. But honestly? It doesn't matter! If you will simply, and consistently, "work the walk," as described in my many home site articles, your horse will square up to its best natural gait. (That is assuming there's no interference through the topline, via the saddle.)

Let us know what the link is up.

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 Posted: Wed May 9th, 2012 05:24 pm
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I don't know of any in that area. Personally, I really prefer to do my own training. Brenda has said in her books that the best gaited horse trainer for your horse is you. I highly suggest getting her latest and most thorough work: The Gaited Horse Bible. It is a complete gaited horse education. She also has her dvd set Gaits From God which helps to see what gaits look like in action, and her segment on bits is so imformative and simple to understand.

Chris and Crystal Larson are in Mississippi I think. I don't know if they are close to you, but they are Brenda Imus certified trainers and I would let them work with any horse I own. They are message board members (cclarson I think). They have a website too, willbegaitin.com or something like that.

Also, welcome to the board!wv

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 Posted: Wed May 9th, 2012 01:31 am
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Penny62
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Hi there. I am new to this site and I also have my first TN Walker. Love him but I am trying to decipher what he is doing. Do you all know of any trainers in the Nashville area for gaited horses?

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The term diagonal means that the diagonal legs (ie: left front and right hind, or right front and left hind) are working in unison. Therefore, the most diagonal gait you can get is the trot.

If the horse is gaited but is using his legs diagonally, you may get a foxtrot in which the front foot lands a moment before the diagonally opposed hind foot. This is breaking up the bumpy trot into a somewhat smoother gait.

Sometimes the horse will be performing a 'square' gait like the rack, but in a diagonal manner. This means that the footfall timing is not completely even between all four feet (as it should be in a square gait).

The evenly timed gaits (rack, running walk) are going to be the smoothest. The more they deviate from that to diagonal (trotty), or lateral (using the lateral legs in unison-- left front and left hind together--pacey) the bumpier the ride becomes.

Getting the horse being ridden on video is the best way to determine what gait is being performed. Post on Youtube and put a link on here for us to view it (if you can).

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I am new to this site as well, ALSO a new horse owner of a TW. I too am having the same trouble discerning what gait we are doing? I am a newbie to the terms, so this diagonal gait etc. is confusing to me. I have read the "Gaited Horse Bible" but still, watching mine in slow mo also leaves me confused.

I'd love to see what Brenda says about your horse, and would love to see the video to know what she's talking about?
Thanks!

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Hello there and welcome! I for one am very interested to see the vid and decipher the gait. Do post the link when you have it ready.

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Hi Brenda, I am brand new to your forum, and pretty new to gaited horses as well! Glad to be here!

I was hoping you can help me with my 10 yr old TN walking horse, 15.2 hh. She is my first gaited horse however I've been around and riding horses all my life. This is so different! I cannot tell what gait she is doing, she is broke but not very well-trained in her gaits. I get her to do a consistent gait while in saddle, it's very smooth to sit, however when I watch videos of her and I, her gait looks very diagonal to me. If I watch in slow-mo, I think it's her rear foot that reaches the ground slightly before her front diagonal foot. But this is only discernible when you watch in slow-mo. Her front end comes up like it would for a running walk, but her neck juts up and her head seems to be locked into place.

Is there any fixing this? She used to do a fast rack which to me looked like a running walk (looked like a lateral gait anyway). This is all she used to do. Now that I'm trying to slow her down I'm getting this diagonal looking gait.

I'm using your Comfort Bit. I started her in it in the snaffle position, we are now using it in the curb bit position. We both love it...as a matter of fact we switched back to her old bit just to see the other day and whoa! What a difference! She is very responsive to light cues in your bit.
Thanks in advance for your time, I'm sure you will benefit from seeing a vid, I have one uploading to youtube right now and will link it when it's up, if linking it here won't work.

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