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  • And on the 8th day god said horses shall not trot and all the good ones listened

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    11-21-2011, 12:42 AM
  #11
Green Broke
I love a gaited horse, but I've ridden the "others" for so long, that I really like to have 1 of each. Even that can change though as I get older & now w/retirement getting closer-I'll be doing much more riding. So, if I get a 3rd horse,I'd probably get another gaited one. I've never ridden a pure bred Icelandic-would like to try that-I did ride a part one & really liked it & loved her size-13.2 & color-beautiful buttermilk dappled buckskin-I've really regretted not buying her, but I couldn't justify her price at the time.
     
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    11-21-2011, 10:29 AM
  #12
Weanling
My little black TWH (the one in my avatar pic) is the first TWH I ever rode - I was just horse-shopping for a good trail horse, knew next to nothing about the breed or gaits but wanted something with a good and willing temperament. We did a "test ride" in the arena and out on a short ride around the perimeter of the farm.

I tried to "play it cool" and not seem too eager, since I didn't have a trailer with me to take him home that day. . .but I was barely out of the seller's driveway when I called my parents to tell them "I just found my new horse." That was just over ten years ago. . .my lil' blackie is now 13 years old and I plan on being his "forever home." He's just awesome.

My boyfriend has a sorrel gelding, which I usually ride when we go on camping trips because he's a little bigger and faster and able to keep up with my boyfriend's long-legged 17hh TWH.

I remember one ride in particular, though, where I was out front and moved the sorrel up a couple of gears. The trail was hilly, with lots of twists and turns, but that horse never missed a stride and was smooth as glass the whole time. There was no tension in his movement, though - he was totally relaxed, just really moving out.

I finally "shut him down" when I realized that the rest of the group was back in a cloud of dust.

When they finally caught up with me, my boyfriend asked if I realized how fast we were going. It's just one of those things that you can't explain it until you've felt it. They're amazing horses.
     
    11-21-2011, 07:26 PM
  #13
Yearling
I would love to ride and/or own another gaited horse. My first horse was gaited and I fell in love, then I got a QH and my TWH passed and then got another cross QH and another horse but havent been gaited yet. Maybe my next horse will be gaited.... I hope so. :)
     
    12-26-2011, 01:49 PM
  #14
Weanling
Gaited horses are great for trails and they have amazing temperaments. No need to post ;)
     
    12-26-2011, 05:40 PM
  #15
Weanling
Saw a cute sign the other day.. it said..

"and on the 8th day God said horses shall not trot... and the good ones listened" LOL
     
    12-28-2011, 03:59 PM
  #16
Weanling
I have a paso fino. Seriously the best horse EVER! I barely noticed he was moving. Getting off of him and on to my QH/mustang. Holy hell she rattles my brains out in comparison. Such a sweet tempered boy too!
     
    12-29-2011, 06:30 PM
  #17
Green Broke
I got to ride my second one a few weeks ago. The woman that works at the barn just had a baby, and she said I can ride him whenever I please. Needless to say, they said he was more comfortable than the other TWH I rode, I didnt think it was possible, but WOW were they right!!! Really falling for the gaited breeds
     
    12-30-2011, 10:47 AM
  #18
Green Broke
Yes, every horse has a unique movement-it's really a trip trying them all out-hehe. Have fun!
     
    12-30-2011, 10:51 AM
  #19
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
I love a gaited horse, but I've ridden the "others" for so long, that I really like to have 1 of each. Even that can change though as I get older & now w/retirement getting closer-I'll be doing much more riding. So, if I get a 3rd horse,I'd probably get another gaited one. I've never ridden a pure bred Icelandic-would like to try that-I did ride a part one & really liked it & loved her size-13.2 & color-beautiful buttermilk dappled buckskin-I've really regretted not buying her, but I couldn't justify her price at the time.
There is nothing like riding a purebred Icelandic in a fast tolt, they are the Mercedes of the gaited horses. They maybe short but they have power, and stamina. I just love mine. They are pricy but well worth it.
     
    12-30-2011, 11:12 AM
  #20
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by cmarie    
There is nothing like riding a purebred Icelandic in a fast tolt, they are the Mercedes of the gaited horses. They maybe short but they have power, and stamina. I just love mine. They are pricy but well worth it.

I've heard some great things about this breed! A friend of mine did get the experience of riding one, and she loved it! So that is a breed Ill have to try sometime for sure!
     

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