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post #11 of 119 Old 03-21-2011, 09:11 AM
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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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post #12 of 119 Old 03-21-2011, 09:37 AM
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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.

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post #13 of 119 Old 03-21-2011, 11:48 AM
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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!
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post #14 of 119 Old 03-21-2011, 12:30 PM
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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.
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post #15 of 119 Old 03-21-2011, 01:10 PM
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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 feels...off... 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.

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post #16 of 119 Old 03-21-2011, 01:44 PM
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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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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.
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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.
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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!
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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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