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Default teaching horses that aren't gaited to do extra gaits?

This is just a bit of a random pondering, that's been annoying me all day lol.

Well I couldn't sleep last night, and for some reason I started thinking about gaited horses and their extra gaits I.e tolt. And it got me to wondering.
Is it possible to teach a horse that isn't gaited to do another gait, or is there something about non gaited horses that makes it impossible for them to learn it?
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Default Re: teaching horses that aren't gaited to do extra gaits?

sorry, dont understand
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Default Re: teaching horses that aren't gaited to do extra gaits?

Ok I'll try and reword it lol.
Take the icelandic horse for example, they've got that extra gait which is a tolt which is supposed to significant to that breed - but if you wanted to could you teach say a welsh pony to do it, or would there be something in their build stopping them from being able to learn it?
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I'm not sure, i dont think its impossible to teach anything but i imagine it would be very tricky as its something that is bred into gaited horses
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Default Re: teaching horses that aren't gaited to do extra gaits?

Well I know a lot of gaited horses aren't born naturally gaited, which means someone had to teach them how, I'm assuming... but I don't think every horse breed has the physical capacity to learn an additional gait, which is why you don't get gaited Warmbloods or Quarter Horses or the like.

Someone who knows more about gaited horses can correct me though
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Default Re: teaching horses that aren't gaited to do extra gaits?

Good question!!
I think like Flambards has said you can probably teach them to a certain degree if they have the physical ability to actually do it!
Hmm *ponders*
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Well you can practically teach any horse to do a spanish walk? so maybe
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Default Re: teaching horses that aren't gaited to do extra gaits?

Unless it is in the genes it isn't possible to teach a horse to do a lateral or 'ambling gait' like pacing (two left hooves move forward together followed by two right hooves) and all the gaits in the pacing family like tolt, rack and running walk.

Often you have a youngster who is bred to pace but will never do it without a bit of encouragement from the trainer. Sometimes you need to put hobbles on them for them to get the idea, and sometimes even this will simply not work despite the horse being bred to pace. But usually correct shoeing and riding in a certain way will be enough to encourage a young pacer to pace.

Most ordinary breeds of horses would probably never be able to pace if you spent a lifetime working on it.
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