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post #21 of 49 Old 02-26-2010, 01:27 PM
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider View Post

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!
There are some groups of gaited riders that do nothing BUT faster gaiting on trail rides. They go-go-go for a while, then stop and dismount to give their horses a rest.

That's really not my preferred style - I like to vary the speed. My boyfriend's sorrel gelding can REALLY move out on trail and he really likes to go, while my own little black gelding is a bit more laid-back and tends to be better on rides with non-gaited horses.

For many gaited horses, even their natural walk is faster than that of a non-gaited horse simply simply because that's the way they move.
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post #22 of 49 Old 03-05-2010, 09:27 PM
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I think with any breed you are going to have some hot ones and some that are more even tempered. The three TWHs that I had contact with I would consider hot. The TWH that my BO bought her husband I would consider more hot headed, she is well trained, but has a good deal of spunk to her and also has a tendency to be spooky. The other TWH that I got to try back in December I would also call hot, she also had a lot of get up and go, was snorty, spooky and had her head up in the air most of the time, she was well trained (turned on a dime, gave to leg pressure, and bit pressure), but was just more of a hot temperament. And the TWH that was at my trainers barn for many years was a complete nut. You had to park him out to do anything with him or he was likely to bolt.

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post #23 of 49 Old 04-16-2010, 02:12 PM
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I raise Rocky Mountain horses and have never had one that would be considered hot. In fact, if they get anymore laid back than they are now, they'll be in a coma.
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post #24 of 49 Old 04-16-2010, 08:42 PM
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No, not at all. Most gaited horses I've known were absolute sweethearts.
However, there is a TWH mare at my stable whom I loath. She's a very bitchy, piss n' vinegar type horse. She bullies all the other horses to no end, especially around feeding time, she's almost killed several dogs, she charges the gate, and she bites. I can't walk a horse past her stall without her reaching out and trying to nip them. But I can't really blame her because her owner is a buttwipe and he feeds her moldy cattle hay and she rarely gets any attention. They ride her into the ground and simply toss her back out in the paddock when she comes up lame. I feel really bad for her. She'd probably be a typical, good-natured Tennessee Walker if she was taken care of.

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post #25 of 49 Old 04-16-2010, 09:29 PM
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From what I understand, the Rocky Mountains and KMSHs (and probably several of the other related breeds) needed to be a good, comfortable ride for farming folks who needed to get around their properties and go into town and such, and were bred for their calm and friendly dispositions. Our KMSH is a very laid-back fellow but I was told his mother was a worked-up hot-head TWH.
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post #26 of 49 Old 04-16-2010, 11:06 PM
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My TWH has been described by fellow boarders as "busy" and has plenty of go...but is a good listener.
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post #27 of 49 Old 04-27-2010, 07:01 PM
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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.
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post #28 of 49 Old 05-04-2010, 07:13 PM
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I ride and own a TWH gelding whom just turned three. He is sweet as can be, though he has a lot of go go and is very excitable, to me he is okay, though my QH buddies would call him a tad of a spaz on the trail. He is great with every one but has a hot headed attitude, though I know he is not one to compare as he is not by any means typical for the breed. He has none of the smoth sure footed gracefull movement like the breed. :roll:
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post #29 of 49 Old 05-05-2010, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,

I almost feel bad for starting this thread, because I don't want people to get the wrong idea. I love gaited horses and love my Fox Trotter! And (maybe because she is really pregnant, or she has just gotten to know me better) but she has really mellowed out!

It was just kind of an innocent question, because compared to the stock horses I ride with (and have owned) the gaited horses have a LOT more "go." But "hot" may be the wrong word. But they do have more "go." Which is a nice thing.
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post #30 of 49 Old 05-05-2010, 09:58 PM
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I just want to comment on this because as I was reading through the thread it got me thinking about the horses I'm around and show. I work and ride at an all gaited barn, all of them are TWHs though - I solely ride and train KMSH. My mare was boss mare so she seemed to always be on the go, my gelding was badly trained, but they have a faster rack anyway, they did always want to go but did as told. they were from previous owners that didn't know anything about gaited so they seemed to fight and push (wanting to go go go) while we were training, so I see where you're coming from. Mine even loved jumping, oddly enough.
All the gaited horses around me are the level-headed on the ground, but most of them are slow in their normal walks and first gaits. In their second and our KMSH's thirds (we train our TWHs to canter) they seem to have a bit more spirit that a lot of QHs than I've seen. They are young though (one was a previous stallion but still very calm for one) and mostly just being trained so I definitely see what you're thinking about, but they usually give us the best training sessions :)
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