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        03-21-2011, 09:11 AM
    All through my younger years I never rode anything, but QH, Paints and grade horses. I have all along and still own a QH mare. Then not until I was 45+ years old I rode a MFT. I liked the feel of the foxtrot. Then I experienced riding another MFT, although I was never impressed with the gaits of either horse. I then in my 50's acquired a TWH from a friend whose husband had been transferred with his job to one half the United States away. That horse was a for-certain novice beginner riders dream. My 12 year old Granddaughter rode him on extensive trail riding outings and Will never did anything wrong.
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        03-21-2011, 09:37 AM
    I've never owned or rode one but I wouldn't mind to try one. But owning ever a gaited horse. No I won't.
        03-21-2011, 11:48 AM
    Certainly not to insult anyone's riding preference, I am with you. It feels unnatural to me. Give the old jingle jangle jingle horse, and I'm happy!
        03-21-2011, 12:30 PM
    I LOVE my RMH. A totally different feel and look than a lot of other gaited breeds. I don't like the crazy foot action of the other breeds or the uncomfortable position I see people sitting in. My RMH can walk, trot, rack, pace, step pace, canter and run-walk. (Not all under saddle yet because he is just a babe, but when he is lunging)

    I love him, and I love the way he looks, so natural and easy going. Sometimes clumping all 'gaited' horses together just doesn't work.
        03-21-2011, 01:10 PM
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    Originally Posted by breezy17    
    All I had heard about was how smooth they were, so I decided to do a lesson on the gaited horse at my barn. It was a disaster. I just didn't like the feeling! Maybe it's just me, but I don't mind a little bumpiness- it helps me gauge how things are going/what I need to adjust, etc. I just felt lost on the gait!
    You have to allow your legs to slip a little bit further forward then you are used to, it if you don't. Once you get used to the move and aren't fighting it, it's pretty comfy. My walker is a trail horse though, not show broke. So no fancy high walks.
        03-21-2011, 01:44 PM
    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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        03-21-2011, 09:43 PM
    Oh, I wouldn't purposely insult anyone's riding preferences! Maybe I'm just too stubborn to adjust It feels smooth, yes, but a good old fashioned trot is just as comfortable to me.
        03-21-2011, 09:57 PM
    I've had two, and they have both been phenomenal horses. I've had a MFT, and we've had my Paso for 21 years. They have been the smoothest rides and have both been very versatile.

    I hate the look of TWHs, though, with their heads in the air almost "on the horizontal", looking hollowed-out and uncomfortable. I just don't like it. My paso is NOTHING like that. He goes nicely on the vertical and never looks hollow, even when I know he is.
        03-21-2011, 10:51 PM
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    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!
        03-21-2011, 10:57 PM
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    The worst part of it after you get him reaching out and walking is riding with someone who rides a snail and having to keep slowing him down LOL.
    Yeah, no kidding! Except I have always been the one riding the snail, until about a year ago. Being the one on the snail is no fun either, you feel like you are always in a hurry and always having to push your horse.

    I also know of a gal who taught her Paint mare (rather by accident) how to do a little run-walk. The mare was always jiggy coming home, and she wouldn't let her trot, so the mare developed a really cool little run-walk like gait so she could still go home fast without breaking into a trot. We called it the Paint horse shuffle.

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