Been thinking for a while about getting a horse, and only a few things to really think about before I move forward with it. Getting a horse isn't a guaranteed yes right now ( I just have to make sure its the right decision- I have the savings fund for vet care and board and all that, but much more thinking is needed for other aspects)
So, even if that day isn't coming soon, I just had a few questions about gaited horses.
Some basic background on myself:
I rode when I was younger and have been riding again for the past 3 years. Area of focus is dressage. I never rode a gaited horse. Naturally, I am sure one tip is to ride one first to try one out, and all I really need to do is find someone with a gaited horse. But keep in mind- I am not at that point to look to buy yet, but just gathering info.
So, would there be any reason why a gaited horse would be a bad option for a first time horse owner?
Trying to answer it myself- care wise would be pretty much the same- the only aspect that I read that can be different is how their hooves are trimmed- so make sure the farrier can trim gaited horses. For the saddle- I also read as long as a saddle fits well and doesn't really interfere with the shoulders, it would be good OR you need a racking saddle.
One concern would be there may be a major difference between riding a gaited horse versus a non-gaited.... but I also read what matters is balance- just like riding another horse. I am reading up on riding gaited horses to try to find any differences.
The barn I work at and ride at only has non-gaited horses. I am sure some aspects of riding for each type of horse overlaps, but I do have to ask the manager if she can teach me to ride correctly on a gaited horse as well. ( I read that you don't necessarily have to have a gaited horse instructor, just a really good instructor in general) However, I can always look into if there is a trainer in my area as well.
What I would want for a horse is basically this:
I don't want a horse that is green. Would prefer a been there done that horse. ( age wise for the horse- looking at the 10+ year olds) I'd be willing to work with the horse on some things- but nothing major since I haven't trained any horses nor do I really want to.
My ambitions with a horse is to simply bond with the horse, and be able to leisurely ride it and work on the dressage aspects and to love it as part of my family. I would like to do ring work and do trails.
I have been reading about finding the right horse ad making sure the horse isn't too much for me- and those threads have been great! I am not really looking for any breed specific- I know there are tons out there that would fit what I am looking for in a horse, but of all the videos and reading I have been doing, I am liking the gaited horse.
Like I said prior- I need to simply ride a gaited horse, but I see no harm in asking this question right now and see what other people say. So, feel free to speak to me of your opinions and info and such.
Thank you for your time.