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    05-07-2012, 02:22 PM
  #11
Green Broke
If you do not shoe all 4 feet on a gaited horse they can tend to be trotty.
I really like the Steele saddles for a gaited horse. If you didn't have rough terrain I would try shoeless and maybe have boots for rougher trails.
     
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    05-07-2012, 03:39 PM
  #12
Foal
Oh, I didn't know that about the shoes. It's good to find that out. I'm not a fan of shoes unless they really need them. Our terrain here in central FL is flat and for the most part sandy. As I find these thngs out I'm tending to go back to my QH.
     
    05-07-2012, 06:05 PM
  #13
Weanling
Gaited horses are like any other horse when it comes to shoes....some have better feet than others. Our MFT is not shod and can be ridden in most circumstances barefoot, if it's going to be REALLY rocky I use easyboots. I keep my RMH shod because I ride alot, usually in pretty rocky terrain. You can "tweak" gait thru shoeing, but I don't...I have my farrier trim for proper balance & use a regular keg shoe.
     
    05-08-2012, 01:21 AM
  #14
Green Broke
TWH gait real well in the sand and is excellent for training them in so you'll be good there barefoot or shod.

My suggestion is try riding several different breeds. Each have their own unique gait and you may find one suits you better then another, the older we get the more important that gets! It's really true if you have back problems. Personally I'm a huge TWH fan (as they are the most perfect breed there is!) but some back injuries are aggravated by their motion while others find it the most comfortable ride with their injuries. It really is personal for each person so try 'em all out and let us know how it went.

Try contacting local breeders and explain you want to try out the breeds to see what fits you best and you should find many willing people. Even if they don't have one to sell you they'll know somone who does if the gait is pleasing.
     
    05-08-2012, 09:19 AM
  #15
Foal
Thanks Darrin. I'm planning a trip to a farm near Ocala that has been training TWH for many years. They seem to have some really nice moving horses and are happy to have me come up and ride them. I don't have back problems thank goodness but as I get older the thought of a smooth ride just makes more sense. That's interesting about the motions of the different breeds being more comfortable from one person to the other. I'm anxious to try a few to see if it's what I think it will be.
     
    05-08-2012, 09:49 AM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by showclothes    
Thanks Darrin. I'm planning a trip to a farm near Ocala that has been training TWH for many years. They seem to have some really nice moving horses and are happy to have me come up and ride them. I don't have back problems thank goodness but as I get older the thought of a smooth ride just makes more sense. That's interesting about the motions of the different breeds being more comfortable from one person to the other. I'm anxious to try a few to see if it's what I think it will be.
Good luck keep us posted!
     
    05-11-2012, 09:21 PM
  #17
Weanling
I am on a group on face book bradley dicks chat for twh there from all over! Great people if your answers arnt found here... they will be there for sure.
     
    05-12-2012, 08:18 PM
  #18
Foal
Thanks for that info, I just joined the group!
     
    05-12-2012, 10:02 PM
  #19
Weanling
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Thanks for that info, I just joined the group!
Awesome talk to you there :)
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    05-13-2012, 09:08 PM
  #20
Foal
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Originally Posted by showclothes    
Thanks Darrin. I'm planning a trip to a farm near Ocala that has been training TWH for many years. They seem to have some really nice moving horses and are happy to have me come up and ride them. I don't have back problems thank goodness but as I get older the thought of a smooth ride just makes more sense. That's interesting about the motions of the different breeds being more comfortable from one person to the other. I'm anxious to try a few to see if it's what I think it will be.
Sent you a pm, as I think you're headed to a farm I'd mentioned.

I love the tw's though finding a naturally gaited one can be a challenge. Like somebody mentioned, all gaited breeds will trot or pace though you don't want that under saddle. INHO when chosing a gaited breed, pick one that is going to match your temperament and that will be a smooth ride.

Paso's are super smooth, for me, more so than the tw's. You'll find that are easier gaited, it's more natural to them than it is for the tw's but they're overall hotter horses. They tend to be more reactive..awesome horses but if you're timid at all, they can be intimidating with all that energy. MFT, tw's, kmh's usually have a laid back personality. Some of the Pusher bloodlines for the tw's can be hotter than some...look for the older lines like Roan Allen.

With the tw's comes the many debates about bits, shoes, what gait are they doing, soring, etc..it can be daunting and confusing to the new tw owner. For me, keeping my horse as natural as possible without having to resort to long shanked twisted wire bits (which you'll find at the farm you're headed to if it's the one you'd mentioned) heavy shoes (which aren't needed unless there is a hoof issue especially here in sandy central fl).

If you want a nicely gaited horse for a good price in this area, you might want to contact this woman Performance Trail Horses.
She's not the sort who is going to sugar coat anything so bring your thick skin, however I don't think she'd sell you a pig in a poke so to speak. I've butted heads with her several times, but I'd rather see you there than at the other place. Good luck and please, keep us posted.
     

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