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    11-26-2013, 11:20 AM
Gaited Horses and Endurance?

I now have three horses that my aunt left me. One is a Saddlebred mare (pregnant and suspected to foal in Jan) named Sugar, the eldest gelding Sarge is a Tennessee Walker (my best guess or maybe a Saddlebred cross), the youngest gelding Rico (who hot rather spirited at times) had a TB/Arab cross sire and a Belgian dam. Sugar and Sarge are the two I'm curious about, though it will probably three or four years before I try an endurance ride with Sugar. The distance I'm interested in is ten miles, may go higher if I feel they can handle it. I know for positive from the times I've ridden Sarge that is gaited and believe that Sugar is as well.Now here is my question. I'm just doing some light riding at the moment in my indoor arena, mostly to give Sarge time to get used to me. Sugar I haven't ridden yet, I'm mostly lunging her at a walk/trot just to help keep her in shape.

Sugar is 15 and Sarge is 11, Rico is seven. I don't think that Rico has enough of a level head to make a good endurance horse.

Do gaited horses make good endurance horses?

Arabians or Arabian crosses seem to dominate the endurance world, but can a gaited breed to well.
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    11-26-2013, 01:23 PM
I don't see why they couldn't? Especially a shorter distance like ten miles. With the right conditioning, I'm sure any horsie could do that (:
    11-26-2013, 01:58 PM
Would pictures of Sugar and Sarge help?

Until the foal is born and weaned I don't plan on doing much with Sugar, besides keeping her from getting obese.
    11-26-2013, 02:20 PM
It all depends on what you mean by "well."

If you want to be competitive and win races, then likely not.

If you want to get out on trail and enjoy the day and your horse, then that is entirely possible. A lot depends on the horse's brain (as you already figured out with Rico). It's not uncommon to see gaited horses at races and the people that ride them sure do poke fun at those of us posting.
    11-26-2013, 02:31 PM
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How far is long distance? I don't see why a well fitted QH, paint, TB and gaited breeds can't be competitive in shorter distance races. I did a hunter pace on a QH and my friend rode an appy and we won. It was 14 miles, it took us about 55 minutes.

The TWH I ride right now would be an awesome endurance horse.... If she wasn't a fatty! She is levelheaded and has a huge motor. She could do her running walk ALL DAY. And she loves cantering. I couldn't image how great she would be if she was really fit.
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    11-26-2013, 02:53 PM
I don't want to do it competitively, mostly just short distance for the fun of it. 10 miles or so
    11-26-2013, 10:16 PM
Originally Posted by MarchingOn    
I don't want to do it competitively, mostly just short distance for the fun of it. 10 miles or so
Any sound horse who is properly prepared and reasonably ridden should be able to do 10 miles, no problem!
    11-26-2013, 10:51 PM
TWH's were bred to walk all day long. And they didn't walk at a leisurely pace.
I cannot think of a single reason why a fit, conditioned gaited breed could not do endurance. A lady recently won an endurance race on a TWH.
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    11-28-2013, 02:08 PM
Competitive Trail might also be an option for you...just a thought.
    11-29-2013, 08:36 PM
Originally Posted by Dustbunny    
Competitive Trail might also be an option for you...just a thought.
never heard of it, is it similar to endurance or is it in an arena

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