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post #21 of 24 Old 12-21-2012, 07:14 PM
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Is the head bob indicative of a good running walk? What about the horse that doesn't?
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post #22 of 24 Old 12-27-2012, 11:53 PM
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We have three gaited horses. First is our 12yo TWH Cash. He can only running walk up to about 8 miles and our and then he has to break to a trot or canter. He Can only gait if someone forces him to carry a high headset. If you dont hold his head up he dont gait. He has a slight bob in the head but not dramatic. Then we have a 7yo TWH Rain who naturally carries an extremely upright headset with her nose tucked in Running walks and racks. She has a beautiful head bob. She is never rode with a tight rein or forced headset. Then we have my 4yo SSH Chey. She is never forced a headset. She rides however she wants. She will running walk, rack, pace, trot or canter on command. She is a speed racker. She usually carries her head in lower position. Not like a qh but not as high as our other TWHs. She also beautiful head bob.

I think one of the reasons more gaited horses seem to be know to have back problems is because of saddles. Some of them need a saddle that has a completely hollowed out channel. Unlike most western saddles.

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post #23 of 24 Old 12-28-2012, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
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Good point toosexy. You are probably right about the saddles. I have what is considered a "plantation saddle" by Henry Miller, made for gaited horses.

Yesterday when riding (indoors; lots of snow here!) his gait was lovely. I sped him up and he did a lovely long-strided trot with his head way-y-y-y-y down. It was an easy trot to post. We did this a few times around the arena, and I think he was comfortable in it.

I have decided that on the trail, I will keep him in a gait; we can cover lots of ground quickly, and it is easy for both of us. But I will exercise him occasionally in the arena in a trot so he can stretch his back a bit. I also found that he can move into his lope really easily from the trot.

Like most have said here; every horse is different. But for my horse, "mixing it up" a bit seems to make sense; that way everything gets worked occasionally!

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post #24 of 24 Old 12-29-2012, 12:22 PM
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I try to work our horses at all their gaits. W/T/C running walk, rack whatever they do. However we do have one mare that will not trot or canter. She is strickly running walk or rack. She never ever trots or canters, Even in the pasture.

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