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post #1 of 44 Old 08-31-2011, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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Is anyone else sick of the gaited horse stereotype? Vent here!

Just a minor rant,lol:p I have a RMH/gaited Morgan gelding, right at 15hh and while not as thick as a QH he's built pretty stocky. I do a lot of riding with my boyfriend and his friends, all of which have QHs and I catch a lot of flack over my "high strung prancing fancy pony". "Did you bring Evian for Jack?" is the newest taunt,lol. Because he arches his neck and his head is on the vertical they seem to think I'm holding him back when in reality I don't even have contact with the bit, the fact that he has a fast walk means he is dancing and fighting me, blah blah,lol. For the most part I let it slide off my back and ignore it because I know just how capable and versatile Jack and other gaited horses are, I chalk it up to their ignorance, but it does wear on my nerves a bit,lol. I have attempted to explain the differences to them but as with many people they don't pay much attention. Isn't it funny how none of them want to try a gaited horse, could that be because they're afraid they'd like it?

Now, I would never say one breed is better than another, I know it depends on what you're doing with your horse and how you and each individual horse mesh, but dad-gummit I really wish they'd zip it and hop on Jack so I could see the look of amazement come across their face! lol. He may not have Schwarzanegger muscles or be 16.3hh but my boy is just as capable on the trail as any horse, more sure-footed than most, and can go hours longer than a lot of their Qh's! AND I don't walk bow-legged and hunched over after hours on the trail, so there!

How have you all responded to the doubting Susans when they keep talking smack?
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post #2 of 44 Old 08-31-2011, 03:00 PM
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Haha I Get that all the time I have Tn walkers and trail ride with qh a lot and have to hear it but I sure do have a Smoother ride ;)
I do have a qh also though so I cant say too much because he is fun ride too :)
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To me it sounds like your boyfriend's friend are just uneducated, not so much prejudice.

Why not take the opportunity to educate them?

It is frequently far easier to make fun of things you do not understand than it is to admit you do not understand it.
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Oh I know, and that's exactly what it is, they're uneducated. I've tried to get them on him and explain the differences between horses that trot and horses that gait, the differences in locomotion, etc...but I think they all have the country boys ride QHs thing going,lol.

bgrade-Oh I agree, Quarters are a lot of fun too, I've ridden a few that I love! I have a bad back though, and for long rides I would be in some pretty good pain if I rode a trotting horse,lol.
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post #5 of 44 Old 08-31-2011, 04:55 PM
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Nothing wrong with a fancy horse, that's what my friends call my Arabian gelding. They're all QH people, too. Most is in jest, I usually reply....well when your big QH is sucking wind in his stall at the end of the day, my horse will take a sip of water and be ready for more trails!
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post #6 of 44 Old 08-31-2011, 05:08 PM
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This isn't THE gaited horse sterotype you were talking about, but it is one of many:

I dislike people thinking all gaited horses are good for is trails. (I also dislike the sterotype that trail riding is a lazy, slow, unchallenging sport that any horse can excel in, but that's another rant for another day.)

I've actually had people ask me, "Can gaited horses even do arena work?" Facepalm. A horse is a horse, of course, of course. A gaited horse can do anything a non gaited horse (of similar conformation) can do. "Can gaited horses jump/canter/do reining/run games/do endurance/do dressage?" Very yes. (Except the dressage, if you're a purist. No trot and such; the different middle gait has to be factored in. )

The lowly trail horse sterotype just annoys me... Rant over!

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I would just tell them you brought your evian and can drink it with out spilling it.
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post #8 of 44 Old 08-31-2011, 05:31 PM
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and you let this bother you, Why? Tune them out. If you are happy with your horse - let it show and go one with your very bad self!!!

I wanted a gaited horse SO bad but when I got the Biscuit I had been searching for gaited and didn't find what I wanted in my price range or my experience (read really confidence) level. My dream horse is a Fox Trotter and one of these days I will have one.

My two stable buddies ride an Arabian and a TW. New stable buddy rides a huge 17 hand Thoroughbred. My cousin/riding buddy rides a Quarab. I am riding a chunky QH and so is hubby. I used my friend TW to learn to western jog behind!!! LOL she would put Rogue in a running walk (I think that is right) and I would collect Biscuit up and make him go behind the TW at a jog. Worked like a charm.

Sounds to me like just good ol' boys trying to rile you up. Don't take the bait. It is not a contest on "my dog's better than your dog cuz he eats Kennel-ration" (showing my age there!!) so smile, educate where you can and let it go.

As for going the distance, my two stable buddies and I were riding at McKinney Roughs this past April. We rode about 17 miles that day. Biscuit was doing an extended trot at 11 mph (Garmin reading! ) and refused to break into a canter. We went quiet a way trotting and at a slower trot. He finally decided towards the end of the day that his chunky QH self had had enough and he started walking!!! He usually is game for a trot but by then no can do. The TW and Arabian were ready to go. They actually went the wrong way on the trail...Biscuit turned to the right which was the correct way to the trailer in about a mile or 2!!! He was tired!! When we got back to our lodgings, he laid down flat out in his round pen and the other two were just looking at him. And Biscuit was in pretty good shape at the time!! If I ever have the reason to get another horse it will either be an Arab, a gaited or Quarab at the least. They can go and go!!!
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I have been irritated by the opposite- the gaited horse people acting like my Mustang is too slow. And then if we trot to catch up and their horses go ballistic (because they don't get ridden enough and have a lot of energy) then everyone gives ME a dirty look because their horse can't handle my well-behaved horse trotting. Why should I apologize when my horse is well behaved and under control and theirs is not?

But, I do relate to what you are saying, as I have also owned Arabians and the QH people were always giving me flack about my Arabians. They were wonderful, safe horses that took me everywhere. And personally, I like a horse with a higher head carriage and a little "go" so who cares what other people like? Those kinds of people are usually afraid of their own horses so they have to pick on yours.

My cardinal rule is my horse only has to please ME. It is my horse, so it pleases me. I don't care if it pleases anyone else. I will change who I ride with before I change horses based on what someone else likes!

Currently I have a Mustang and a Missouri Fox Trotter, so I straddle both worlds, and it still irritates me that the gaited horse people (I ride with anyway) are always in a big rush and everyone has to go fast, fast, fast at a flat walk. Sorry, the Mustang doesn't have a flat walk, so we will periodically have to trot to keep up. Sorry if your horse can't handle that. Maybe you need to work on that, ha ha! (I do try to ride the Fox Trotter most of the time when I go with the gaited folks, but I also rotate my horses, so sometimes it's the Mustang's turn to ride).

My best friend whom I ride with all the time has Quarter Horses and we match up great no matter which horse I ride. She never gives me flack about my Fox Trotter. We simply pair up my Fox Trotter with her faster QH, and my Mustang with her slower QH. Works great!

A good horse is a good horse is a good horse. And both the go-y horses and the laid back horses have their strengths and weaknesses. Not to mention not all the horses got the memo and live up to their breed sterotype either! My very first horse was a slow, lazy Arabian.
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Originally Posted by Jacksmama View Post
Isn't it funny how none of them want to try a gaited horse, could that be because they're afraid they'd like it?
They are probably intimidated by a horse with spirit.

That is what I finally realized with my Arabians. Everyone gave me flack for my "crazy Arabians" (whom I rode everywhere and mostly by myself) and they could barely handle their own horses.

So be happy you have a beautiful horse with spirit and flash and don't worry about what they say.
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