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        03-13-2009, 01:19 PM
      #11
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    Originally Posted by IheartPheobe    
    Ahh, crap. So we got two new horses last year and I was being very stupid and got them mixed up.
    Our fox trotter is actually really bouncy and fast.. he trots with his back legs circling each other, is that normal?
    He paces a lot, too..



    No, that's not normal, haha. I've never heard of that happening. See my previous post for help with the pacing.
         
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        03-13-2009, 01:20 PM
      #12
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    Originally Posted by PaintedLady    
    The PaintedLady is a MFT. She's one of the most laid back animals I've ever met....and her gait is Heaven!


    She's gorgeous... My MFT is really laid-back too. I love it : ]
         
        03-13-2009, 01:23 PM
      #13
    Trained
    I know where there is a DROP DEAD gorgeous MFT stallion for sale. He's the most kind and gentle guy I think I have ever met!!!

    He's 9 and been raised alone, no other horses for the past 5-6 years, I wish I could afford to buy him and geld the fella,

    He's stunning, all black and muscley and just so oooo-la-la!!!

    Maybe one day!!!


    My hubby and I are currently looking for a good pair of gaited horses, we gave up the jackhammer trot of our beloved QH's because the hubby's back just can't take it anymore. One day of riding ended up 3 days of whining and pain.
         
        03-13-2009, 06:21 PM
      #14
    Foal
    She used to just 'run' off so to speak, instead of walking out slow and then picking up speed. I've got her pretty much out of that now. I just have a real hard time determining which gait she is in. It's real smooth, so I'm thinking she is doing OK. Sorry I can't describe it any better.
         
        03-15-2009, 03:22 AM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Dumas'_Grrrl    
    I know where there is a DROP DEAD gorgeous MFT stallion for sale. He's the most kind and gentle guy I think I have ever met!!!

    He's 9 and been raised alone, no other horses for the past 5-6 years, I wish I could afford to buy him and geld the fella,

    He's stunning, all black and muscley and just so oooo-la-la!!!

    Maybe one day!!!


    My hubby and I are currently looking for a good pair of gaited horses, we gave up the jackhammer trot of our beloved QH's because the hubby's back just can't take it anymore. One day of riding ended up 3 days of whining and pain.
    I know *exactly* yer hubby's song! I sang it for awhile myself! I tried the QH because on the trails they move so slow-ly....but..(like you said) for me it was a 'slow' jackhammer...
    Before the QH I had a TWH. Loved the gait. Missed that gait (and easy going personality) when I bought the QH. It took me forever to realize I wasn't *married* to that horse, when I sold her quite by accident. When a friend stopped in, I had no idea he was looking for a horse, so she went to him. Good patient home...what more could I ask for?? She's a prize barrell horse, now. Before I sold the QH, I had run across The Painted Lady online. Her name and mine were the same...she was the age I was looking for...it was serendipity. I did everything they told me *not* to do, but I bought her online. Sight unseen. (Except for pictures.) I decided I had to start *trusting* people some time, and fortunately the gal I bought her from was honest. I don't bounce any more, (it's more like a full splatter...)and certainly didn't need a rodeo bronc.
    The Lady has been the answer to my dreams. She's been ready and willing. She's in for a new experience. We bought a buggy last week, so she gets to drive....
    Gosh I wish I had the $$$ and the place for that black MFT you are talking about!!
         
        03-16-2009, 12:36 PM
      #16
    Foal
    We have a MFT at the ranch where I ride. Her name is Rockin' Steppin' Penny, and she is copper, like her name. :) My daughter's friend Kim leases her (lucky girl!). Kim said she would let me ride her some time. I really need a gaited horse due to neck issues.

    I'll have to upload a photo later...they're on my laptop. Penny is awesome. :)

    -Patti
         
        03-18-2009, 11:54 AM
      #17
    Foal
    I have a MFT.. I do I do!!!
    He paces unless he is really together (usually the ride back to the barn produces a great gait with little effort on my part). I have been told about the poles also working. Can't wait for the arena to be usable. I can't get this guy to canter. I see him do it in the field and it is beautiful. I so much want to ride that gait on him...

    The black horse with the white blaze is my Danny Boy. A friend gave him to me last summer and I adore him. He has such a great personality and this guy has such a look of "presence". My MFT friend says she wishes he was about 7 because he has show quality. How cool is that. He is 22. The vet said it is hard to believe he is 22.
         
        03-18-2009, 06:41 PM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by kaylodahl    
    I have a MFT.. I do I do!!!
    He paces unless he is really together (usually the ride back to the barn produces a great gait with little effort on my part). I have been told about the poles also working. Can't wait for the arena to be usable. I can't get this guy to canter. I see him do it in the field and it is beautiful. I so much want to ride that gait on him...


    Ah, yes. The ride back to the barn is always smoother, even if you have a horse that consistently gaits. I wonder why that is.

    As for the cantering, does he do it when you lunge him? If you trust him, you could try getting on him and having someone crack a lunge whip until he canters. That's how I taught my mare.
         
        03-18-2009, 07:18 PM
      #19
    Yearling
    I rode our little fox trotter today!
    He wasn't pacing as usual.. just flat out cantering off.
    He still trots funny with his back legs circling and his front legs barely doing any work.
    It's very strange..
         
        03-19-2009, 12:23 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
    Ah, yes. The ride back to the barn is always smoother, even if you have a horse that consistently gaits. I wonder why that is.

    As for the cantering, does he do it when you lunge him? If you trust him, you could try getting on him and having someone crack a lunge whip until he canters. That's how I taught my mare.
    If I lunge him in the round pen, he will canter. I am waiting for the round pen to be usable so I can work on this.

    There is going to be a clinic near me in May that I signed up for so maybe I can get some help there also...

    My guess is the previous owner never loped him as she was a timid rider. So he is assuming anytime he has a rider, he is not to lope.

    I have a friend that is a MFT breeder.. she says that going back to the barn, they usually are under themselves more and have more impulsion from the rear.... which makes for an great gait...
         

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