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, Thoroughbred and Standardbred stock. Todays Gaited Morgan Horses are the result of 19th 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 AA homozygous sires and dams. Jellico Farms’ goal produce horses which do the saddle rack, running walk and rack.
We are using not only the SynchroGait test, but combining with a historical technique used by some in the previous century. This historical technique increases chance achieving one or more of the three even four beat gaits. This is explained in greater detail at the bottom of the “About Us” page on this website under the section SynchroGait Gene A / Gait Is Made In The Breeding Shed.
Gait 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.”