Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post
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!
I am a beginner, so please take my input with a very large, crunchy grain of salt.
I have been doing a lot of research on gaited breeds because I would like to own one soon. I have never heard of them being described as hot. It seems they are very much promoted as a level and calm breed. Of course there are always exceptions to the rule.
A lot of things you describe, I have experienced myself on trail rides, and it sounds like very common, and less than polite behavior. A horse that becomes unglued when left behind is herd-bound, and lacks confidence in himself and his rider. A horse that throws nasty glares or puts her ears back when another rider approaches is exhibiting her dominance over the other horse, and that kind of behavior should not be acceptable with a rider on her back.
Your mustang sounds like a complete gentleman. Too bad he doesnít have a gear to match the gaiting, as you describe. Iím sure you and your new trotter will soon be a perfect partnership. Here is a book I really recommend reading:
There was a lot of valuable info in there as well as training advice.