What is a Gaited Horse?
A gaited horse is a horse that performs a gait other than the four basics (walk, trot, canter, and gallop), either by inheriting the gait naturally or by learning the gait through special training. The gaited horse was originally bred to be a comfort horse, with a smooth gait and a calm disposition. Some of the individual gaits they can perform are listed below:
Running Walk or Flatfoot WalkPhotoVideoPacePhotoVideoFoxtrotPhotoVideoRack or ToltPhotoVideoSlow Gait, Singlefoot, or Stepping Pace PhotoVideoClassic Fino, Paso Corto, and Paso Largo PhotoVideoHard Trot, Animated Trot, or Show Trot
Technically just a trot, but this is classified as a Gaited Horse step because of its animation and comfort to the rider. PhotoVideo
What Horses Are Gaited?
Common Gaited Breeds include, but are not limited to, the Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, Tennessee Walker, Icelandic Horse, Mangalarga Marchador, Marwari, Kathowari, Campolina, Hackney Horse/Pony, Single-Footing Horse, Racking Horse, Missouri Foxtrotter, Standardbred, Spotted Saddle Horse, and Rocky Mountain Horse. It may also include crossbreeds between gaited horses and non-gaited horses if the foal inherits the gait, such as the Walkaloosa, a cross between the Tennessee Walking Horse (gaited) and Appaloosa (non-gaited).