Gaited trail horses are a Godsend for those who wish to explore the
countryside on a flying carpet ride, with minimal jar and bounce. However,
finding the perfect gaited trail horse is a nightmare for the uninitiated.
There is so much misinformation out there and so many sellers willing to
sell beach front property in Wyoming, that if you are new to gaited horses
the odds can be stacked highly against you buying the perfect gaited horse
for the trail the very first time you buy.
Many horses on the market are horses that were bred for the showring, not
for naturally smooth gaits.
The true pleasure gaited trail horse does not need special shoes, angles or
complicated tack to perform a smooth saddle gait.
Unfortunately many gaited horses are no longer bred to perform the smooth
gaits that made them comfortable to ride.
In Tennessee Walking Horses the tendency for modern award winning bloodlines
is to be pacey and in Missouri Fox Trotting Horses, the showring is awarding
those animals that have animation and reach and landing so closely on the
diagonal, they are almost hard trotting!
When you are looking for a natural moving smooth trail horse, it's probably
not a good thing when the seller starts bragging about all the World Grand
Champions in its pedigree or the show accomplishments of the particular
What you need is the ability and education to know what you're looking for
or a knowledgable advocate who is looking out for your best interests who
has no vested interest in the sale of the particular horse you are looking
A naturally gaited Icelandic Horse does not need an icelandic saddle, shoes,
weights, boots, noseband, whip, icelandic bit (or any kind of bit), to be held
in a frame, to have the rider sitting on the loins and / or the cantle of the horse.
If the horse is naturally gaited, he'll gait bareback, barefoot, in a halter,
on a loose rein, with the rider sitting in a centered, balanced position.