The footfall sequence, timing, support and the sifting of the horse’s body usually define the gaits.

Sometimes the first confusion to over come is the many and varied terms for the same gait in the US and other countries.  Do not get discouraged if you can not see these movements in your Gaited Morgan, hear or feel the difference in the gaits immediately.  Be patient and keep looking and riding the horse and ask for assistance in identifying the various gaits.  Also understand there can be variations in the gait from the perfect described gait.  If you look at animation and the videos of the various Gaited Morgans and the other gaited breed examples, you will be able to visualize the various movements of the horse and rider.


Prior to 2012 there was no scientific genetic test to determine the gait potential of a horse.  Capilets from Sweden produced a DNA test which is available through UC Davis.  The DNA test will ID the horse’s gait genes as one of the following three.  Homozygous A/A—horse will perform ambling and lateral gaits.  Heterozygous A/C–the horse will perform lateral gaits.  Homozygous C/C–the horse will perform the walk, tort and canter.


AA x AA = 100% of the offspring will be AA

CA x AA = 50% will be AA ad 50% will be CA

CA x CA = 25% will be AA, 50% will be CA and 25% will be CC

CA x CC = 50% will be CC, 50% will be CA

AA x CC = 100% CA

CC x CC = 100% CC

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