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    09-14-2011, 01:39 AM
  #21
Yearling
I'm not going to speak ill of any breed. There are some I prefer over others, but all breeds are their strengths and weaknesses, and no breed can truly do it all (or there would only be one breed :)) ). I do love QH, because it was what I worked with the most in my youth, but had TWH too.

Today all I own are Saddlebred crosses.

If you are riding a gaited breed and someone is actually annoying (and uniformed) enough to deride the gaited horse breeds you might enjoy pointing out to them that the prefered horse breeds of the US Cav since at least the 1850's (and probably before) were gaited.
The two breeds most desired by the US Cav were Saddlebreds and Morgans. Like many breeds that were also used by the Cav, they were robust animals that could go the distance (the old Saddlebreds were a bit heavier than what many have been bred to today with the average weight of the Cav horse in 1900 being just over 1,000 lbs), but they had the added bonus of being easy to ride. For men that might have to ride 50+ miles a day, every day for a week that easy gait was a very nice feature to have in you mount.

So ignor the ignorant and enjoy the fact that you can ride farther and longer on a horse whose gait will leave you feeling better at the end of the day than your buddies non gaited horses.
     
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    09-14-2011, 08:44 AM
  #22
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians    
1) 2) When they won't take your boy for a test ride, nod sympathetically and say, "Well, yes, you DO need a seat to ride this boy, Bless your heart!". Yes, I am Southern and Bless your heart says it all.
LOL! That's perfect, I am SO going to use that one!

I know I really shouldn't be sensitive about it, they're not trying to be mean it just gets old after a while. I've started dishing it back to them now. On our last trail ride after they told me even Jack's poop is dainty I told them even with both their QH's they only have half a horse;p I think I about have my bf convinced to take him for a test drive, I can't wait to see the look on his face,lol. I'm definitely going to have to keep an eye on him though, I told him he can't get on Jack and cowboy the way he does on his QH, I've trained Jack to very subtle leg and voice cues and he's going to have a really rough ride if he doesn't listen,lol.
     
    10-03-2011, 11:16 PM
  #23
Foal
Around here everyone rides gaited horses so we don't catch too much anti-gaited crap from others. We do have some who prefer one gait over the other such as folks who don't like a horse that racks or others who think that running walk is "sissy". In my honest opinion they all are wonderful and as long as they suit the rider they're perfect.

I catch a lot of anti-racking crap from my neighbors. They tell me my horses are "speed freaks" , "high strung" , "hard to handle." All total crap. They told me that the only "safe" gaited horse was one that does a running walk. I simply shrugged my shoulders and told them to ride the way they want to, and I'll ride my way. I love a good smooth run-walking gait as much as anyone else but I also LOVE the animaton and speed of a well timed rack.

I ride both of my horses on a loose rein and can stop or slow them easier than I can my lousy car. They've never bucked and are very steady when spooky things such as 4 wheelers or dirt bikes go zooming by on the trail or on the road. I do speed racking classes and style racking as well with my stallion and he's NEVER been out or the ribbons in any class. Not too bad for a "crazy racker!"

When my mares foaled 3 years ago they came to see the new crop of "crazy rackers" and loved them enough to buy one. When their colt was old enough I started him under saddle and now they swear by my "crazy rackers". Especially when their daughter wanted to start showing. The horse they chose for her to show on was my stallion Mystery and their reason was that their other horses were too spooky for her .They were in three classes with 10 or more entrants and took first place in all of them. What happened to their comments about rackers being crazy then .

I say that if people can't see quality in front of their noses and feel it under their saddle then their opinion really don't amount to much.

Our gaited horses may never win any big time steeplechases or take top honors in a cutting horse competition but they carry us smoothly , quickly, sanely, safely and with tons of style so what more could we ask for ?
     
    10-04-2011, 01:44 AM
  #24
Green Broke
I used to ride w/2 of my neighbors-they had "regular" horses & I had a P. Paso, well, now they both have gaited horses, 1 gal won't ride anything else, & the other gal has 2 , since she got one for her hubby,too. She does have a "regular" horse that she raised from a foal, & he goes out w/my Arab. Funny how life works.
     
    10-04-2011, 09:04 PM
  #25
Foal
Luckily, here in Eastern Ky, I don't get much flack about the whole gaited thing. However, there is some Mountain Horses vs TWH debates. I dated a former padded TWH horse trainer who told me my Mountain Horses didn't have heart... Say what you will about me, but I'll be d*mned if I let you get by with talking about my horses like that! We promptly loaded up & headed down the road to Winchester, Ky for the UMH World Grand Championships. Guess who decided he needs to start riding & showing again?

Before we broke up, I was talking about how I was about to start riding my 2yr old again but I didn't know how he would act since he hadn't been ridden in a couple months, & I was going to get my old show mare back in shape...Stephen told me he would ride them for me if I wanted him to... I told him I wouldn't want him to have to ride a horse without any heart ;)
     
    10-05-2011, 12:32 AM
  #26
Trained
Welllllll, Bless his little heart for offering to ride for you anyhow.......ROFL! And it's just so kind and thoughtful of you to spare him riding a horse with no heart, just wouldn't be right to make him do that, now would it?

HHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!

And besides, who wants to share all that fun?
     
    10-05-2011, 09:51 PM
  #27
Foal
Haha! I just didn't want him to suffer ;)
     
    10-09-2011, 08:39 PM
  #28
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheDarkKnight11    
Luckily, here in Eastern Ky, I don't get much flack about the whole gaited thing. However, there is some Mountain Horses vs TWH debates. I dated a former padded TWH horse trainer who told me my Mountain Horses didn't have heart... Say what you will about me, but I'll be d*mned if I let you get by with talking about my horses like that! We promptly loaded up & headed down the road to Winchester, Ky for the UMH World Grand Championships. Guess who decided he needs to start riding & showing again?

Before we broke up, I was talking about how I was about to start riding my 2yr old again but I didn't know how he would act since he hadn't been ridden in a couple months, & I was going to get my old show mare back in shape...Stephen told me he would ride them for me if I wanted him to... I told him I wouldn't want him to have to ride a horse without any heart ;)

Where do you live in Eastern Kentucky Dark Knight ? I live in Eastern Kentucky as well. I'm in Johnson County , about 60 miles from Ashland ,Ky.
Have you ever been to the Knott Co. Trail Rides ? It's a good place to ride with very few non-gaited horses out of the 6,000 - 7,000 that are there for each week of the trail rides.

Good on you for defending our Mountain Horses ! They definitely have plenty of heart.
     
    10-09-2011, 08:49 PM
  #29
Yearling
All I can conclude is that people how don't like gaited horses obviously haven't spent much time riding them.
The gaited horses I've ridden, and in some cases fortunate enough to own, covered more ground at a quicker pace and more comfortably than any none gaited horse I've ridden in the past 40 years.
     
    10-10-2011, 11:23 AM
  #30
Foal
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Originally Posted by KyAngel    
Where do you live in Eastern Kentucky Dark Knight ? I live in Eastern Kentucky as well. I'm in Johnson County , about 60 miles from Ashland ,Ky.
Have you ever been to the Knott Co. Trail Rides ? It's a good place to ride with very few non-gaited horses out of the 6,000 - 7,000 that are there for each week of the trail rides.

Good on you for defending our Mountain Horses ! They definitely have plenty of heart.
In Campton, Ky..Close to Natural Bridge & the Red River Gorge. I know a lot of people that go to the Knott Co rides but I've never personally been. I always have a big show the weekend after & just don't have the time. It's on my bucket list for next year :)
     

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