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!