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post #11 of 49 Old 02-22-2010, 07:02 AM
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I have a TWH and a MFT. Neither one is hot . The MFT is soooo laid back it scares me Especailly being a 4yro..The walker i got as a 9yro So really don't know his past. He used to get excired at bigger rides and in bigger groups but we have woked on that and he is ok now..He frets at times but I call that his stupid moment..But he is a big lap dog. Been abused so people carrying hiking sticks, fishing poles etc on the trails he tend ro get tight So I think he has been beaten with something that resembles those items... He is a nervous kind of guy more so than hot.. Always on guard almost....but he will stop on the trail to meet people and kids he loves attention and wants to be everyones friend...

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post #12 of 49 Old 02-23-2010, 09:33 AM
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No, I wouldnt say that. Most gaited horses were bred to be family horses that were used almost every day of the week for different things. Sure, some have been bred specifically through certain bloodlines to be hotter than others, but I wouldnt say that all or most gaited horses "hot."

I must admit though, that I do like a horse with a little bit of "spice in their step" lol My Curly cross can get pretty hot at times; I would rate her temperment at about a six or a seven. She can calm down with the right rider on her back, but I wouldnt reccomend her for anyone. But then again, I know of a Paso Fino mare that can be ridden by most anyone.

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post #13 of 49 Old 02-23-2010, 10:09 AM
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I have had the opportunity to work with several different gaited breeds. SSH,RMH,KMH,Gaited Morgan, TWH. They are all different, but for the most part I would agree that they are extremely pleasant and even tempered. I think something that has to be fully realized is that a lot of the gaited breeds are VERY smart, and if not fully trained some will try and get around you,lol. As mentioned by another poster some blood lines are little hotter than others. A good friend has a 5 yr old mare that I ride on occasion(shes in for a major tune up this spring,lol) and she is extremely feisty, but that is more from a lack of consistent training than anything. My gelding at 4 wouldn't blink if you set a bomb off under his nose, lol. The hottest breed I've worked with was the SSH and that wasn't uncontrollable, just very forward.
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post #14 of 49 Old 02-23-2010, 10:31 AM
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It depends on lines I would say. Some are supposed to have more show presence, like Guilherme said, but most gaited horses aren't. That being said, I have one (she has show presence), who can be hot if you don't work her every couple days, and the others who are laid back, but can get up and go. :) I do like hot horses better than absolute lazy ones. Thankfully, I don't have absolutely lazy horses.

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post #15 of 49 Old 02-24-2010, 08:03 PM
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Many people are just expecting the headset of a quarter horse so when the gaiteds pop their heads up to gait, they often give the appearance of "hot".
Once you are used to that you start to relax and are soon understanding the
level headedness these breeds possess.

There are some show lines out there in every breed that I would consider hot.
But that is only because they have been trained to go go go to show their breeds ability to gait in the ring.
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post #16 of 49 Old 02-24-2010, 08:37 PM
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I think this "hot" reputation came from what they do to "sharpen" the show horses for the ring. I have seen them snapping whips, smack them with shopping bags tied to whips, shoot fire extinguishers are their feet etc etc etc

They want them one step from pure panic just before entering the ring so that they have "flash".

I showed someone's arab in sidesaddle and saw this among the arabs and saddlebreds. I have heard it in other gaited breeds, as well.
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post #17 of 49 Old 02-25-2010, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Macslady View Post
Many people are just expecting the headset of a quarter horse so when the gaiteds pop their heads up to gait, they often give the appearance of "hot".
Once you are used to that you start to relax and are soon understanding the
level headedness these breeds possess.
There's a lot of truth to that! When I first bought my TWH, I kept him at a place where all the other horses were QHs (the BO's were heavily involved in Western Pleasure).

They were actually afraid of my TWH because they said he had "wild eyes" and "acted crazy" when being brought to and from the pastures (because his noze wasn't dragging on the gravel). Eventually it got to the point where they would not even let my horse go out to pasture unless I was there to do it myself.

Oh well. . .:roll:
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post #18 of 49 Old 02-25-2010, 04:44 PM
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well i always thought that TBs and arabs were 'hot' because they were hot blooded.

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post #19 of 49 Old 02-26-2010, 11:55 AM Thread Starter
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Maybe "hot" was a poor choice of words.

I guess I kind of meant more excitable or having a lot of "go." Or more likely to go from a relaxed state of mind to an excited state of mind.

I don't mean to offend any gaited horse owners. I have one now myself now- yay!!! :)

I guess it just seems like the ones I have known have not tended to be very calm, at least not a lot of the time. Maybe that is the term I am looking for....the handful of Foxtrotters (and one Walker) I know can go from calm to not-so-calm in the blink of an eye. So I was just curious if that was a breed characteristic. Apparently not, lol!

I think my girl is getting more relaxed all the time, but she is still a "new" horse and we are still getting to know each other. Because we have had a very wet winter, I didn't get as much riding in as I would like, especially with a horse I am still getting to know. Yesterday for example, was the first time I have ridden her in a week due to the snow and mud. And she did GREAT. But she is a bit more nervous and worried than my other trail horse. She jumps at sparrows flying out of trees and ribbons tied to fences. But she has a great mind and mostly startles in place.

The head carriage doesn't bother me, because I had Arabians and they had higher head carriage than the stock breeds I have now. I like high head carriage as long as the horse breaks at the poll and is not star-gazing.

More than my Foxtrotter, I guess I was thinking of all the folks I ride with with Foxtrotters. One feeds hers "calm-n-cool," or something like that. And another horse is always out walking everyone else, which wouldn't bother me except he likes to stay behind and tell his horse "easy, easy, easy" the whole ride, which makes ME nervous!

And before I got my own Foxtrotter, I was in love with a nieghbor's gelding. He is AWESOME but he can also be a spaz sometimes. He gets all nervous and hyper if the other horses get to far ahead of him. He pretty much has to stick to the rest of the group like glue or he becomes unglued. And then there is the Foxtrotter mare I know who is hyper and throws nasty looks to any horse that gets near her. But to give her the benefit of the doubt, the horse is only ridden about 3 times a year.

So that is where I am coming from. No offense meant to anyone. I LOVE my Foxtrotter. I can't wait for summer when I can really rider her consistently!

What's funny, is my Mustang is perfectly calm (and slow) out on the trails. He's the best horse I have ever owned. But he has no excess "go" at all. Everyone else's horses can be chomping at the bit and my guy will be dragging along on a totally loose rein. So the reason I wanted a gaited horse was to keep up with everyone else on gaited horses, especially when they are all excited and wanting to "go." So here I have this near perfect horse and I can't be happy with him because I can't keep up! How weird is that??? And they were always pushing me to push HIM. Which takes the fun out of my ride. It is WORK to always have to be pushing your slow horse along to keep up.

So now I am happy because I will have a horse for stock horse rides, and a horse for gaited rides.

Here's a question for you all. The reason I could never keep up is my Mustang has a slow walk, and the gaited horses walk VERY fast. And their owner's encourage it. Do you guys encourage that "power walk?" I mean, actually push the horse to keep doing it? The folks I ride with are very into pushing that power walk. They won't let their horses lag at all!

Me, I relax out on the trail and don't care too much about the speed of the walk. If the gaited horses were actually gaiting, my Mustang could keep up, because he could trot, but we have no gear equal to the power walk. We end up walking and trotting, walking and trotting, and then I have to worry if that is going to excite the horses in front of us. :roll:

So anyway, I have a Foxtrotter now and can (hopefully) match the walk of everyone else's gaited horses. But what is it about always pushing them to walk even FASTER?

I guess this has turned into a mini rant, lol!
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post #20 of 49 Old 02-26-2010, 12:09 PM
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No way!

Most gaited horses are meant for a pleasure ride, and its not really pleasureable to be reining in a hot horse all the time. They are good ad level headed almost all the time xD

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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