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Do you consider most gaited horses "hot?"

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        05-06-2010, 09:08 AM
      #31
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    Nah. Not Hot. They do have a presence, and they do like to go but nah. I have owned 2. My oldest died recently (he was in his 30s). He NEVER acted up. Ever. He did like to go and was a powerful beast, but quite the gentleman. My new one is a 5 year old mare. She's actually lazy if you can believe that! Sweet as can be, a perfect little lady.

    They are very willing and loyal horses. They have gentle souls and pretty sound minds but they do put on a show with that high head and those obnoxious snorts!
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        05-10-2010, 11:22 AM
      #32
    Weanling
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    Nah. Not Hot. They do have a presence, and they do like to go but nah. I have owned 2. My oldest died recently (he was in his 30s). He NEVER acted up. Ever. He did like to go and was a powerful beast, but quite the gentleman. My new one is a 5 year old mare. She's actually lazy if you can believe that! Sweet as can be, a perfect little lady.

    They are very willing and loyal horses. They have gentle souls and pretty sound minds but they do put on a show with that high head and those obnoxious snorts!
    Yep, I kept my TWH gelding at a barn for about a year where all of the other horses were WP Quarter Horses and the BO's were heavily into showing WP.

    The owners were afraid of my TWH because they said he had "wild eyes." There's nothing wild about his eyes, they're large and expressive (as they should be).

    Still, it didn't help my case that one of their horses bullied and chased my horse until he crashed through a fence just trying to get away, which made the owners even more certain that my horse had a few screws loose.

    I've since moved him among more "like-minded" company, and the most frequent comments I get are how gentle and well-mannered he is to handle, and how unflappable and confident he is under saddle/on trail.
         
        05-10-2010, 12:59 PM
      #33
    Foal
    I totally agree, my TWH is very hard headed and stubborn sometimes, but he never bucks or bolts, and is just now learning he can go faster than a walk. And even at that, it is barely a trot for MAYBE 50-100 feet, and then I think the speed scares him and he quits. But, not bad for a first horse, atleast I don't have to worry about falling off at a run. Most days I could step of at his speed and not notice.
         
        05-31-2010, 11:59 AM
      #34
    dee
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    My daughter has a Paso Fino mare that goes beyond hot. She has a tiny gait, but it's quick and she leaves QH in the dust. However, the mare is spooky and jumpy - so much so that she's dangerous, IMHO. She spooks at the least little thing and throws a bucking fit and bolts. Some of it, I'm sure, is because she has learned that if she goes through all that drama, daughter comes out of the saddle at some point and horse can go back to the paddock where she feels safe. I've seen the stupid thing panick over a butterfly!

    My mare, Dancer, is gaited - she's supposedly Spanish Mustang. She does a lovely Indian Shuffle. I can't wait till I've lost enough weight to ride her - and the foal she's currently carrying is weaned. Daughter has been riding her and it just looks like she's floating along. Dancer is very interested in what is around her, but I've never seen her spook at anything.
         
        05-31-2010, 12:02 PM
      #35
    Showing
    NO way. My Paso Fino is the calmest horse ever. I could put ANYONE in the saddle and know he'd take care of them
         
        05-31-2010, 12:09 PM
      #36
    dee
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    Daughter's friend has a Paso gelding that my grandkids ride. The kids are only 6 and 8 years old. The Paso looks like he's going to explode - but that's just the way he moves - presence? He's really a sweetie. Most of that lady's horses are. Daughter's horse seems to be the exception.
         
        05-31-2010, 01:43 PM
      #37
    Showing
    I would never consider any of my Rocky girls as "hot". Fast or quick? Yes, but that's what a gaited horse is suppose to be. We call my Vida the Mosquito because she buzzes along She's just as happy to walk along behind the big butt QH's in our saddle club though.
         
        05-08-2012, 02:16 PM
      #38
    Foal
    The horse I ride is a 14 year old MFT mare. She hadn't been ridden much, having been a broodmare for a long time, so she's spooky and green. The first couple times I rode her, she spooked at *leaves*. She's really calmed down since then, though, although she still has a tendency to spook. (Luckily, she usually spooks "in place".) She is very responsive and willing, and she has a good deal of "go" (as well as a very fast walk). Her daughter is in training, as is as calm and levelheaded as can be.

    The other horse I ride is an old KMH gelding- totally bombproof- who will nevertheless gallop up every hill if given the chance. His gaits are lovely, but if you let him rack, he decides he never wants to walk again and takes off. He's very levelheaded, just stubborn as... well, a mule. We usually keep him behind a slower horse on trails so he can't take off.
         
        05-08-2012, 02:50 PM
      #39
    Green Broke
    IMO gaited horses get a kick out of...gaiting! I'm thinking that the movement reduces endorphins and they get a bit of a high out of it.
    Our 1/2-TWH, "Tyke" (QH/TWH, 1998, RIP) gaited. 2 other herd members who were NOT gaited tried to imitate his running walk, and DID imitate his running-walk-floppy-ears, to be in sympatico with him, the herd leader.
    Horses are pretty bright, you know AND very emotional, too.
    I think they're like emotional cats, fussy, but a little aloof. =b
         
        05-09-2012, 06:50 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    My walker has his moments where he is prancy. Present him with a pair of clippers or take him away from him buddies and he's a giant pain in my arse.
    But on the trail, cool as a cucumber. Does absolutely anything I ask of him, no fuss whatsoever.

    Someone previously mentioned that a lot of people expect these guys to have their noses in the dirt like quarter horses, but they are animated, up-in-the-bridle movers. It's not hotness - it's just how they roll.

    The hottest gaited horses I have ever seen are Saddlebreds. I won't touch one with a ten foot pole. Way too nervous and flighty for my taste.
         

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