Welcome to my Blog

This site has been developed to promote Gaited horses and their many abilities. To promote the mainstream and versatile uses of Gaited horses such as Showing, Trail, Distance Riding, Jumping, Dressage, etc… To provide a central location where Gaited horse owners can come to get information or advice on training, general horsemanship, and horse care. My Story A little History […]

FACT…Most Horses Don’t Need Grain

Many of our Gaited Breeds are very susceptible to Cushing’s Disease and Insulin Resistance Cushing’s and IR are common in many of the gaited breeds, since most have parallel development, also common in Morgans (another breed that has similar foundation stock as the Walking Horse) and other breeds with a reputation for being “easy keepers”. The following information was published […]

A mother’s love is a precious thing.

By: Denise Parsons Knowing both lives were almost lost to slaughter makes that love priceless. Bette was rescued by GAIT, Inc. after she actually shipped to slaughter in Mexico. Fate stepped in and while at the Mexico border, an unreported accident occurred causing the entire load of 11 horses to be rejected and returned to Pennsylvania. All were battered, some […]

To Blanket or not to Blanket…That is the Question

Like it or not, blanket season is coming.It may already be here for some of our neighbors to the North and West.  Whether or not to blanket a horse has been debated by many and everyone has their own opinions.  Here are some general rules you should go by to determine if blankets are needed for your horse(s):Is your horse […]

Can we make the girth too tight?

This is a question that has always been in the back of my mind whenever I cinch up my girth.  How tight should it be?  Is it too tight? Obviously, we don’t want our saddles slipping, so girth tightness is very important.  Please view the video below by Patrick King where he addresses these questions. [video width="360" height="640" mp4="https://thegaitedfanatic.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/PKing_GirthTooTight.mp4"][/video]   […]