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[RC] 2 "gaited" stories - Dot Wiggins

In the early 80s I rode my QH stud quite a bit with a friend who rode a nice Saddlebred stud.   It was a sort of "odd couple" pair.  Scot, my horse, had a nice business like single foot/runing walk, until I pushed for a lot of miles at a big trot on 50s and up, then the good walk kind of went away.  (Husband wasn't happy I spoiled his horse)
Linda's horse was naturally gaited, had a good, big time rack he used when the trail suited it.  Had great trot too.
Every now and then Scot would start copying Super's gait and they would just go flying down the trail, side by side, both in a four beat gait.
I'll bet Heidi remembers both of these horses.
In 2000 and 2001 I rode Andrea's good Arab gelding and I'm not sure if it was a true "gait" or not but his power walk was so fast and smooth it was a dream to ride.  A lot of drive, but still fun. Not quite a square, 4 beat, a little broken rythym to it.   I tried to time him on part of the rolling areas on the Prineville trail that has mile markers and he was taking less than 8/9 minutes a mile, just walking, rocks, turns, lumps, and all.  On a good road I know it was a lot faster.
Only thing wrong, had to coax him to slow up or your friends had to trot a bunch to stay with him.
And his power trot was to die for!
It's hard to teach a horse to really walk unless you ride alone.