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post #11 of 26 Old 01-28-2014, 07:37 AM Thread Starter
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I agree with you all- it's aspects that I need to think about indeed. I was kind of thinking of that- how the gaited horses will walk a bit faster. I know Zip, our one quarter horse at the farm walks fast on the trails, but if it's fast enough to keep up with a gaited horse, I don't know. I know we got slower horses too.

It's always something to think about- perhaps there will be a time when Iam looking at a gaited horse who can walk slower for that scenario. I didn't cringe at the thought of having to loop back though, nor would it bother me to do trail riding myself.

Unfortunatly, what searching I did via google- having a hard time finding a barn that states they have a gaited horse I can try. In all honesty- the closest gaited horse I seen was in Lancaster where it was the amish using one to pull a cart... ( almost 2 hours away) so, I think I am in non-gaited horse community. So, it can be hard for me to find a gaited horse to try out AND find a barn that has other gaited horses to ride with.

What you say is so true- and I am glad this stuff is being brought to my attention- however, the way I feel- and I will throw this out there for you all to read and throw opinions back at- I wouldn't mind being the only gaited horse owner. As for lessos, I know I'd be doing circles and serpentines to keep spacing, and for trails, the aspect of circling back around doesn't bother me if I am in a group-plus, right now, I enjoy ring work a bit better. ( the trails I do are from the barn- not get in a trailer and drive to the trails). While I am not dead-set on a gaited horse, I am really liking what I see on the vids and what I am reading. As a rider- I tend to keep to myself. I have a few other students that I really like to ride with, but most are simply they have a lesson too, so I am usually working on stuff myself.

But it is something to indeed think about. Thanks for adding that aspect to th emix guys.
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Just to piggy back on what others have said about riding in mixed TWH would indeed leave others in the dust at a flat walk. However, not all gaited horses have such big motors and if you decide you want a more mellow gaited horse, they do exist. harder to find..yes, but they are out there. My TWH could be kept in at a slower amble when riding with non-gaited horses, however it took some work.
The Paso Finos I used to ride did very well in a mixed group.

Because I knew that slower gaited horses were out there, I took my time looking for my current horse. Mellow was one of my requirements because I would be riding in mixed groups and we would be the only gaited horse. Took me a while and some driving, ok....a lot of driving to find him, but my guy is very content to mosey along at a slower pace. He'll turn up the motor if I ask him to, but getting there first is not his objective in life and like me...he's happy to just meander along at a relaxed pace.
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Or just do what I do and ride circles around the other horses.....

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Look for gaited horse breeders in your area and give them a call. Explain how you are trying to decide wether a gaited horse is in your future or not. Most will have a horse you can try or know someone that does.
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post #15 of 26 Old 01-28-2014, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, def gonna take my time looking when the time comes. I have a few options for trying one out- both gonna be some driving but that;s fine- I want to do things right.

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Gaited horses are some really great horses depending on the breed. My personal favorite is the TWH. I had an old TWH that was so much fun to ride. He was a quick start, I mean the minute your butt hit the saddle he was off like a bolt of lightening. But this horse never said no. He crossed creeks, climbed ravines, crossed roads, blazed trails, and even rode in a ring. He was an amazing animal with a heart of gold. He was 38 when he died. Wonderful horse. But he really wasn't for a beginner because he had a lot of go. Never bucked, never argued but the go was pretty scary for the inexperienced. Smooth ride though.

My son has a TWH that is the sweetest angel. She is more timid then Black was, he was like a noble steed that showed no fear, even if he was terrified. Sierra is a little more shy and careful. She never says no. She does what she is asked and she has very little go. Smooth as can be though and safe for any age rider...

So my opinion, a gaited horse is definitely worth a look.
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edf, you don't say where you live. That can make a very big difference in what diversity of gaited horses are available to you.

There are no more "truths" about gaited horses than there are about any other breed. Not all are forward "goers"; some are downright slugs.

Not all have docile temperaments. Some are "hot" enough to embarrass an Arabian.

Not all are a "glass smooth ride." While I don't know of any that can compete with a post-legged QH in the "rough" department each has their own way of going.

Most North American breeds are excellent "road horses." They do very well moving in straight lines at a consistent speed. If their gait is lateral they will generally be quite smooth but will not turn like an Arab or a barrel-running QH. If their gait is more diagonal they will be somewhat less smooth but be more appropriate to athletic pursuits like working cattle, fox hunting, etc.

What you want to do should determine the type of horse you choose.

Good luck in your search.

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Not all are a "glass smooth ride." While I don't know of any that can compete with a post-legged QH in the "rough" department each has their own way of going.
Have a relative who used to own a TWH that looked a lot like a QH. When asked how smooth she was he would reply that she was a smooth QH but rough for a walker.
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My advice on getting or looking at gaited horses if you're somewhat new, or returning to horses is this;

Please take a trusted and experienced person who knows gaited horses with you to look at horses. It is extremely easy to hide lameness, training, and/or conformation issues in a gaited horse. If you don't know how the horse should be moving, find someone who does and enlist their help!

Other than that, find out what you need, what you want, what you like, and make a list. Having a list just keeps you on track in case a really pretty but really airheaded horse walks by ;)

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post #20 of 26 Old 01-29-2014, 08:58 AM Thread Starter
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Once again, everyone- great info.

I know my barn manager knows a lot- an dher daughter does too. How much they know about gaited horses- I don't know. I'll have to ask. But yes, when that time comes- I want to have someone with me indeed.

Where I am located, south eastern Pennsylvania usa.

As far as what I want to do with the horse- nothing real fancy. Basically, ride for pleasure. I'd do some stuff focusing on dessage aspects- circles, diagonals riding in a pattern, and do trail rides. I mean, right now- that is what I focus on with Magic, and we throw in othe rstuff like try out barrels ( which I suck at big work in pairs ( I never stay lined up as it is when everyone is on a slower and down to the just plain riding around.
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