Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters
Only experience with anything gaited...I had a pony mare as a kid who racked, it was giggle inducing at that age :) she was fat, sassy and a kid's delight, I loved her to pieces!
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I got my first gaited horse, a Fox Trotter mare, a little over a year ago, and it is giggle inducing to me as an adult!
She drifts in and out of her gaits (she was basically a broodmare), and I am a beginner to gaited horses so I really don't know how to lock in a specific gait that I like, so she drifts in and out of all sorts of gaits and I sometimes have to giggle about it, because it feels so funky!
The reason I bought her is because I have a neighbor who thinks gaited horses are the cat's meow, and she will not slow down (much) for anything slower than a flatwalk, so I sort of needed something that could keep up. And, of course, I do enjoy the faster speed or I wouldn't have bought the horse. So now I have a horse for stock horse rides (my Mustang) and a horse for gaited and/or speedier rides. So I can match well to pretty much all my ridding buddies now.
I tell you what's giggle inducing is when you are expecting to canter and you get a hard pace. It's bone jarring and giggle inducing all at the same time!
I swear I think my Fox Trotter can do all of the following: walk, flat walk, trot, fox trot, run walk, pace, canter and gallop!