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.