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    01-29-2014, 03:21 PM
Green Broke
Once you go gaited it'll be hard to go back.....
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    01-30-2014, 08:58 PM
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You could always get a gaited mule! Sweet Sierra was pregnant when I traded a crazy pony for her. (The baby wasn't part of the deal so it went back to the trainer we got her from). You have to admit... Those ears!!!!!!!
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    01-31-2014, 06:54 AM
We have quite a few gaited horses in our barn along with the usual quarter horses and there are only 2 areas where the 2 don't mix well. I see you want to trail ride. Typically gaited horse riders stick with other gaited riders for trail riding because it's really hard for a regular 3 gaited horse to find the right speed to stay with them. The gaited horses really move out and the only choice for a QH rider is an uncomfortable fast trot or trying to slow the canter down. Believe me, I've had some excruciating rides and my QH has come back covered with foam. There are informal clubs out there where all the gaited riders trail ride together.
The other issue (if you ever want to show) will be finding specialized gaited horse shows. The normal walk, trot, canter shows are much more common and will have very few classes you can go in.
Gaited horses are a blast to ride and I've always found their temperament to be acceptable. I've also noticed that they are usually easy keepers which helps with the pocketbook!
Contacting gaited horse clubs may be a way to put the word out that you are looking-I live just west of you and there are many, many gaited horses out there especially TWH.
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    02-01-2014, 02:13 PM
My first horse was a TWH and he was great! They mostly have an amazing temperment and are very forgiving... they are normally gentle and dosile, so I think they make great first time horses! The only thing is, you might need to have additional expirence if you are planning to ride the horse, as they are quite a bit different then quarter horses or something. And, also make sure you have they apropriat tack, such as a gaited saddle. But other than that I think they are amazing horses and they can be great teachers!!! :)
    02-01-2014, 02:17 PM
Originally Posted by gunslinger    
Once you go gaited it'll be hard to go back.....
So True!!! :)
    02-01-2014, 02:54 PM
Everything you all have said makes sense and has been thought about.
Still in the same situation- gotta think about if a gaited horse would be a good choice in my situation ( middle of non-gaited horse territory) but I have time to think since it's really just the beginning stages. I am leasing my lesson horse, and while yes, I will be focusing on better riding, I want to work with ground work and building respect/bonding with Magic.

I am definitely liking what I am hearing and it's all being soaked in! Sounds like there needs to be a rule- there has to be riding gaited lesson horses every 30-50 miles so everyone can experience them....LOL. Sounds good to me, right? ;)

But for side info- showing for me isn't mandatory. I am never going to be good enough for major shows- I can handle the basic shows, but in my mindset- yes, I am working on dressage, but its just for riding fun not for competition, so not many shows for gaited horses is ok with me. The one aspect I really have to think about is the mixed trail rides. Every horse is different, and I am sure there are gaited horses out there that can be good with riding with the slow pokes, but it's something that has to be taken into consideration.

The thought of changing barns ( even if I was able to find other gaited horses in my area) doesn't sit well with me. I like my barn because of my barn manager. She realizes I would be a newb horse owner- and will work with me to become a better owner. However, with talking to her- I don't know how good an instructer she would be for a gaited horse- and I mean no disrespect to her- I know she can do the basics-help with balance and such- but as far as balance for a gaited horse to gait or how to make sure they are gaiting properly and I am not messing the horse up- not so sure. So, it's something to think about, but in the meantime, I am leasing a horse and will learn more by doing so- which will help me when the time comes.

And for the record- that 'gaited mule' is adorable.

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