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  • Five gaited class at Devon

    Has this been posted? I couldn't find anything, so sorry if it has been!


    Album title: Top Hunter/Jumper Riders Compete in 5 Gaited Class.

    How cool!
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    The New Banner's Choice- 1994 ASB Mare
    Dennis The Menace Too- 1999 ASB Gelding
    Dreamacres Sublime- 2008 ASB Gelding

  • #2
    I believe the video is supposed to be posted on the USEF site today. McClain Ward won the class.


    • Original Poster

      http://www.youtube.com/user/NBChoice http://nbchoice.blogspot.com/
      The New Banner's Choice- 1994 ASB Mare
      Dennis The Menace Too- 1999 ASB Gelding
      Dreamacres Sublime- 2008 ASB Gelding


      • #4
        I saw the pictures and video today. As a Saddlebred person I found this to be pretty awesome.
        Horsemanship is horsemanship!
        Although, You could tell some of them loved it and some looked like they were hanging on for dear life. A 5 gaited horse is no joke!

        You should edit the title to include who the riders are!


        • #5
          That horse MaClain was riding is spectacular!


          • #6
            I am loving this. It looks like some think they are supposed to have their leg braced forward. leg goes in the same place...the right place. Lower leg back!!

            This makes me want to do this again. When I hear "rack on" my adrenaline pumps


            • #7
              WHAT GREAT FUN!
              from sunridge1:Go get 'em Roy! Stupid clown shoe nailing, acid pouring bast@rds.it is going to be good until the last drop!Eleneswell, the open trail begged to be used. D Taylor


              • #8
                You can watch the video at

                Look for the Five Gaited Special class.
                Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                Bernard M. Baruch


                • #9
                  THAT WAS AWESOME! Did any of the riders have a comment? I hope they enjoyed themselves. How many rides did they have to prepare? And usually the saddlehorses dont have so much leg on, but looked pretty well behaved. Rack On!


                  • #10
                    This is brilliant. So many good riders never leave their discipline and they all looked like they were having fun. Also gives them a chance to try a gaited horse.
                    In memory of Apache, who loved to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjZAqeg7HyE


                    • #11
                      They did get a nice bunch of ASBs, too. good promo & lots of fun.


                      • #12
                        I saw the gray mare that won at Lex, VA a couple years ago - she looked MUCH better the other night at Devon. She didn't look like a wind-up toy w/McClain in the irons.

                        Them picking up a canter was kind of funny, not exactly h/j cues.
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                        • Original Poster

                          Haha redmares, I also noticed some had a little bit of trouble with the canter.
                          There was also one time when they were supposed to slow gait and someone was trotting and she was sitting it beautifully. I don't think I'd be able to sit a lofty trot so well.
                          http://www.youtube.com/user/NBChoice http://nbchoice.blogspot.com/
                          The New Banner's Choice- 1994 ASB Mare
                          Dennis The Menace Too- 1999 ASB Gelding
                          Dreamacres Sublime- 2008 ASB Gelding


                          • #14
                            How fun! That video was great to watch, thanks for sharing!
                            A Year In the Saddle


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Griffyn View Post
                              THAT WAS AWESOME! Did any of the riders have a comment? I hope they enjoyed themselves. How many rides did they have to prepare? And usually the saddlehorses dont have so much leg on, but looked pretty well behaved. Rack On!
                              I believe they got one practice ride in before the actual class.

                              All of the hunter/jumper riders were mounted on top end, World's Championship quality five-gaited Saddlebreds. Those weren't no school horses! So kudos to them all on doing an admirable job catch riding horses with a whole different transmission then what they are used to!


                              • #16
                                Since the thread is about saddlebreds, anyone know what percentage is 5 gaited? And how do you know if the horse is 3 or 5 gaited? Breeding? Or just try to train for the rack and see if the horse can do it?
                                In memory of Apache, who loved to play. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjZAqeg7HyE


                                • #17
                                  Malda, Im sure that other more expert opinions will chime in... there are some "families" that are more prone to the lateral gene responsible for gaiting..so by pedigree gaitedness is known to a degree. And the look of the horse plays a part. Most of the 3 gaited ones ( that go on to show in the trimmed/roached) 3 gaited performance division "set up" (raise their head/neck) brilliantly, and have an attractive head and extreme neck, as well as talented at the trot. Training for sure plays a part- and their are really good trainers at bringing gait out in a horse. Finances of the owner and willingness/interest to pay for that training- a part. The pureness of the individual gaits is highly valued, so a horse that develops "clean" gaits will be kept in the gaited direction. These are observations from someone whose worked in a saddlebred barn, but not developed a horse, myself. ASBexperts, chime in! I CAN tell you that riding a good gaited horse is akin to a freight train. All power and drive. So those horses that go on to gaited divisions will use their particular type of motion and drive from the back end, so conformation plays a role as well.


                                  • #18
                                    Griffyn that is all correct. Nearly all Saddlebreds have the ability to do the two "extra" gaits (the slow gait and rack). The ones that are trained to be five-gaited have the conformation and mental prowess to separate their gaits and not mix their trot and four beat gaits. Some Saddlebred trainers believe in racking all of their colts, whether they go on to be five-gaited show horses or not, othe trainers only rack the ones they intend to show as gaited horses.


                                    • #19
                                      Here is a video that has slow motion clips of the great five-gaited Saddlebred mare Easter Parade doing her gaits http://youtu.be/Raq6auyU7pY The video is from the 1940s.

                                      And here is video of some five-gaited Saddlebred legends from that same time period http://youtu.be/LS2K8Anrm-A Easter Parade, Wing Commander and Ridgefield Genius.


                                      • #20
                                        What a hoot! We showed at Devon back in the 70's (3 gaited). Looks like there was some hand galloping going on instead of canter.
                                        Groom to trainer: "Where's the glamour? You promised me glamour!"