Gaited appaloosas and some mustangs
Hello! I'd like to apply to get appaloosas and mustangs able to compete in gaited shows.
Some appaloosas and mustangs have this ambling gait called indian shuffle, that is natural but not very visible if not trained.
Gait varies from horse to horse, some look like walk, some like rack.
What is shuffle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2T40NzwUUc&list=LL2I48o1g9UHMta2xtYxWx2w&index=10 (looks like walk, but is ambling)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bvgnzzq9CTI&list=LL2I48o1g9UHMta2xtYxWx2w&index=9 (more visible, with slow mo at legs)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFwzzMyzezc&list=LL2I48o1g9UHMta2xtYxWx2w&index=7 (fast foward a bit, very visible gait)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0DKhDBQb5k&list=LL2I48o1g9UHMta2xtYxWx2w&index=6 P (not sure about this one)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZCvd8SXIEQ&list=LL2I48o1g9UHMta2xtYxWx2w&index=3 (mustang gaiting)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjZw0AUs-zI (next mustang)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20c4tSEcEvI (baby appaloosa shuffling)
I am not opposed to this but would like input on level restrictions if this were to occur from people who know more about these disciplines.
While this is evidence that the horse can gait, it doesn't seem like much evidence for the horse being able to reach the leg angle/height requirement for the saddle seat disciplines like English and Park Pleasure. Trail and Country Pleasure likely could accept these horses to the highest (Trail) or decently high (Country) level, but I'd be hesitant about their performance in the others. I assume this is not about levels in fine harness or adding them to speed racking, but it is unclear to me which disciplines the member intended.
It may be helpful to note that our Saddle Seat disciplines are not "gaited shows", but saddle seat shows; a slight, but important distinction when discussing the differences within that group of disciplines and what a breed's potential is. For example, Arabians are not gaited, but perform excellent in saddle seat because of their range of leg movement. The only saddle seat discipline with the requirement of a horse being able to gait is Speed Racking as a horse must be able to perform a rack (or a gait very similar to a rack like the tölt of Icelandics or revaal of Indo-Pakistani breeds) and perform it at a high speed. The rest need evidence of the breed's use/potential use (such as it performing in a similar type of discipline under a different native practice depending on the country). I don't see that in these examples, especially when discussing the high-stepping of something like Park Pleasure. But I could see the addition for something more like Trail Pleasure.
I'd like to see more evidence of these horses actually performing in gaited disciplines, not just individuals ambling for pleasure, before we assign them any levels in gaited disciplines.