I woulda thought the gaited breeds would be better for an injury like this.
I know a fella that refuses to ride a walking horse cause the back and forth motion hurts his back. So he rides a quarter horse.............imagine that???[/QUOTE]
It depends on the gait. A friend of mine had 2 gaited horses, an American Curly and a Missouri Fox Trotter. Riding the Curly was sheer Heaven, especially at his running walk or rack, whatever it was called, can't remember right now. I could ride the Fox Trotter if I was VERY careful not to let her get into her pace. She could throw my back out at the pace so bad that I had to have help to get off. If I could hold her together and get her into her Fox Trot,.....OH YEAH! It was sweet!
I ride Arabians, Saddlebreds and a QH. I say the Arabians are well sprung Maseratis, Saddlebreds are Caddilacs and the QH is a Yugo with bad suspension and steering. Of the 3, the QH is the sweetest, least complicated horse and it hurts so bad when I get off that I can't breathe. I think the Saddlebred is the softest ride for my back. The QH is the most tolerant if I have to make an unconventional dismount because of back pain. The Arab is the most fun.
LOL! Got distracted! Ref your clacking problem, I had a horse who did that, had a big overstep. We trimmed his back toes squared off, shortened him up a bit and set his shoes back a little like another poster mentioned. And he had to be done evey 6 weeks like clockwork.