perform walk, canter, may trot and one or more ambling four beat gaits: Step Pace; Saddle Rack; Running Walk; Rack and Foxtrot. Therefore, Gaited Morgans are capable of both lateral and diagonal gaits.
Justin Morgan bred Figure the foundation stallion of the Morgan breed. Figure was later renamed for his breeder Justin Morgan. Figure had pacing blood through his dam and must have reproduced gait when bred to “Narragansett Pacers” of the time and area.
How did Gaited Morgan Horses evolve/develop? —
Current Gaited Morgans and non gaited Morgans trace back to 19th Century as a mixture of Morgan, Saddlebred, Thorobred and Standardbred stock. Todays Gaited Morgan Horses are the result of 20th Century breeders producing some unintended Gaited Morgans. The SynchroGait Gene A study/DNA test proved gait is inherited from previous generations.
The Morgan is not overall a gaited breed, but during the SynchroGait Gene A testing a random sample of UC Davis DNA registered Morgans showed 17% carried the Gait Gene A. This random sample showed there are Gaited Morgans within the breed. There is conjecture as to the source of this gait and which families or lines might be the source. Each new SynchroGait Gene A DNA test by Morgan owners/breeders seems to indicate “Gait” can be found across the Morgan breeding lines.
Jellico Farms —
is exclusively breeding DNA Synchro Gait Gene tested sires and dams. Jellico Farms’ goal produce horses which do the saddle rack, running walk and rack.
What is SynchroGait Gene A DNA test? How can you use to learn about Gaited Morgans different gaits? The test enables planned breedings project odds foals with AA, CA or CC. This is explained in greater detail in following article SynchroGait Also you might find some of the related research interesting. SynchroGait Reseach
We are using not only the SynchroGait test, but combine historical technique used by some in the previous century in our breeding program. This technique increased chance achieving one or more of the three even four beat gaits. This is explained in greater detail in the following article. Gait Is Made In The Breeding Shed
Gaited Morgans For Sale
in a rainbow of colors normally include foals thru fully trained trail horses with extensive obstacle/trail work. Jellico’s Gaited Morgans are SynchroGait Gene A tested verifying their natural gaits. They perform one or more of the even four beat gaits: Saddle rack/gait or running walk or rack for the “Glide of Your Life.”