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post #41 of 49 Old 05-09-2012, 07:24 PM
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post #42 of 49 Old 05-09-2012, 07:30 PM
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The gaited horses I have been around have a ton of "go" but when you interact with them otherwise they are very mild-mannered and mellow. So if you are strictly talking about how they take to trails then yeah, I could see how one might view them as hot. But in everything else they are not.

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Forward, enthusiastic, "game" even, but not honestly hot by nature. You'll have a hard time convincing a fit MFT or TWH to tone it down and let a "ploddy" QH keep up on the trail, but it isn't out of hotness so much as it's a matter of a naturally big stride and forward mindset. There are hotter gaiteds, but my experience has been that they stay very mellow and relaxed, even as they truck down the trail. A truly hot horse I would expect to act up in-hand, in the stall, in the trailer as well as under saddle.

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The only experience I have with a gaited breed is a Peruvian Paso I trained. Not what I would call "hot", not really spooky, not jumpy, easy to train, but she had a lot of "brio". She arched her neck, sweated like crazy and did her gait. Yes it's true, you can hold a glass of champagne & not spill a drop while riding these horses.
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post #45 of 49 Old 05-10-2012, 10:13 AM
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My Paso Fino has really calmed down a lot over the years I've owned her. I ride w/a nice moving QH & sometimes my Arab. She likes to be in the rear most of the time & is not spooky at anything. but she is 20 now-LOL.
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I had to laugh because I started this thread like 2 years ago and it just popped up again! Ha ha!

So I've had my Fox Trotter 2 years now and I still consider her a bit of a hot blood. If I ride her every other day, she will be calm as cucumber but let her sit for about a week then I am off to the races again. And not just energy wise, but she also gets spooky and snorty when she doesn't get out often. But I enjoy the heck out of her and I LOVE her "go."

She is just a naturally high energy horse. She will often run around her pen along with her 2 yr old gelding and they act like idiots together. My Mustang just stands back and wonders why they waste their energy!

But you know what's really cool? She has gone from being a back-up horse to my Mustang when I first bought her to being my primary riding horse. She is just so much fun to ride!

The only negative is her 2 yr old foal is JUST like her. Which if I ever get him trained would be a blessing. But right now I am wishing he would have taken after the Quarter Horse side of the family! (His sire).

I still think gaited horses are "hotter" than stock breeds. For instance a few days ago some new friends trailered out to ride with us on our home turf (national forest). My Fox Trotter and my other friend's two Fox Trotters were bouncing off the walls and they ride out there all the time. The new friends trailered over with their Paint and QH who had never been here before and they were calm as could be. It was sort of embarrassing as I had to keep circling my horse and riding the brakes and try to keep her from kicking at the new horses. And yet, 99% of the time lately she has been perfect. The only change in routine was the new horses in the group. Just a little something like that and a switch flips in her brain. And she's 18 years old by the way!

I used to own Arabians and I honestly don't see the Fox Trotters/TWH's I know as any different. Extremely sweet, gentle and people oriented. But also very sensitive to stimulus. Maybe that is a-typical. But in my world that is typical for the gaited horses I know.

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I remember last year when that ACTHA "America's Favorite Trail Horse" show was on, it drove me nuts that the judges/commentators kept remarking that the gaited horses were rushing obstacles, going too fast, etc.

There wasn't really a person among the so-called experts who had experience with gaited breeds, and they all really favored the slower (in some cases VERY slow) stock horses. My SO and I watched the whole series with a mixture of amusement and frustration, especially when a gaited horse was actually moving the way gaited horses are supposed to and one of the "experts" remarked that it was "rushing."

I can't speak for all gaited horses, but my TWH does have very large, expressive eyes and alert (adorable!) little ears. When he moves there is a spring to his step, and he doesn't just plod along. He arches his neck and looks around and moves forward with a purpose.

He is very aware of his surroundings - not in a prepare-for-launch spooky kind of way, he just seems to enjoy the scenery as much as I do and he pays attention to the terrain. He's attentive to subtle voice and body cues and will "wait" and "step" (by voice command) through tricky footing.

If someone who was used to riding nose-to-tail, dog-walk, mosey-down-the-trail type horses saw him, they probably would think he was "hot" just because of how he carries himself. Especially because of those big eyes.

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Yeah, I agree about the so called "experts" who by the way almost got his head kicked during a colt starting event this year being an "expert" at our local horse fair this year. Guess he doesn't know the stock horse breed too well either.

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Yeah, I agree about the so called "experts" who by the way almost got his head kicked during a colt starting event this year being an "expert" at our local horse fair this year. Guess he doesn't know the stock horse breed too well either.
It's been my experience that, at least in the case of the TWH, they are some of the least-hot horses when it comes to working with them on the ground.

Sometimes I guess I take it for granted when working around them. I don't know if it's because I just have high standards of good ground manners, or if it's just the way they are, but I don't tolerate horses that wiggle and jig and dance around, get into my personal space and forget everything else around them when they see something "scary."

I know some people who really baby and bubble-wrap their horses, never expose them to "scary stuff" and end up with really unsocialized freaked-out monsters that don't know how to cope in the outside world.

There is a difference (to me) between a horse that is "hot" and one that just has bad manners and is allowed to get away with it.

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