Got Gait? Go FOSH!

 Whether you are seeking information on gaited horses or enjoying your horse or are interested in competing, Friends of Sound Horses (FOSH) offers it all when your passion is for the gaited horse. FOSH is a membership organization that welcomes participation by owners of all gaited horse breeds to come together and support the gaited horse in all equine pleasures and disciplines. With a robust set of resources for the gaited horse enthusiast whose needs are often not addressed in mainstream media or clubs, Going for a FOSH membership provides many rewards.

For those wanting to compete, FOSH launched its Gaited Sport Horse program in 2013 to recognize and honor the athleticism of all gaited breeds with three flagship disciplines: Gaited Distance–the first ever distance recognition program for gaited horses; Gaited Dressage— acknowledged by the United States Dressage Federation (USDF) and the Western Dressage Association of America (WDAA) as a resource for gaited dressage judges and competitors; and Gaited Agility—FOSH Ambassador, Lady C, agility horse extraordinaire, was honored as a Limited Edition Breyer Model Horse. (www.FOSHGaitedSportHorse.com).

If your desire is the show ring, FOSH provides licensed judges and the Independent Judges Association (IJA) Rulebook covering 15 gaited breeds for use with all gaited breed horse shows or for the shows offering gaited horse classes. FOSH is also a USDA certified Horse Industry Organization (HIO) and operates a Designated Qualified Person (DQP) program under the Horse Protection Act. Have a gaited horse and unsure of that gait? FOSH provides free gait analysis to those who submit a video.

Need gaited horse information and resources? FOSH publishes the Sound Advocate, the only all gaited breed horse magazine in print in the world. The Sound Advocate is a bimonthly international publication providing breed profiles, sound training and education for gaited horse owners and heartwarming stories of our members and their journeys with their gaited horses. New in 2014, FOSH will launch an all gaited breed saddle time and gaited horse owner personal growth recognition program.

So, if you enjoy the smooth ride of a gaited horse, then go FOSH because you got Gait!

FOSH is a national leader in the promotion of natural, sound gaited horses and actively fights against the cruel abuse of soring of Tennessee Walking Horses. For more information about FOSH or to become a member and join in the fun, visit www.fosh.info or e-mail data@fosh.info.