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    05-13-2012, 10:43 PM
  #21
Weanling
I have never seen a gaited horse get trotty. Pacey, yes. Walkers and MFTrotters I know will pace like a STB when they fall out of their gaits.

I used to ride a TWH and he was an ex-show horse, big pads, big lick. We rode him in many saddles, from western to jumping saddles. My Passier dressage saddle with a medium wide gullet fit him no problem, and all I used for padding was a thin line pad and a western saddle blanket. He had no pinching or dry spots.

With the few Walkers I've rode, and lessoned, on, I've noticed that their chests will widen with continuous work. Not as wide as a bull dog QH of course, but pretty buff compared to when they weren't being worked. And I rode Walkers that were used for beginner lessons, novice jumping and dressage lessons, as well as being retrained for Gaited Dressage. When they're ridden two times a day, six or seven days a week, they'll get a very nice chest to them.
     
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    05-14-2012, 03:25 PM
  #22
Foal
[QUOTE=Joidigm;1498732]I have never seen a gaited horse get trotty. Pacey, yes. Walkers and MFTrotters I know will pace like a STB when they fall out of their gaits.

All breeds, even a paso, can get trotty. Not every horse that's gaited..but most that aren't conditioned correctly will either pace, trot or something in between.

It's been my experience that the longer backed tw's will lean towards a pace, the shorter backed will lean towards a trot..I'm not a trainer, it's just been my experience with the horses I've owned, worked with and been around. No small number.
     
    05-14-2012, 04:51 PM
  #23
Started
I had a standardbred mare that would pace or trot depending on what you wanted her to do. She would use either at liberty as well but when putting on speed in the field would pace. Was fun watching the old girl blow the doors off my QH once she got into her racing gear. I think she was amused by it as well. I had 2 young mares that would often pester her to play a bit. She would eventually give in, go a lap or two around the field full pace ahead and leave the yearlings in the dust. You could see her tell them "I might be old but I can still kick you butt! Now let an old lady nap or else!" I so miss that wise old girl.
     
    06-08-2012, 02:51 AM
  #24
Foal
gaited horse

We purchased a gaited horse from GG Flatshod Farm in Kentucky several years ago. They have nice looking horses and are decent people but research gaits before you go to look at what they have to offer. It's very rare they have a horse that does anything but pace. A pace is not typically a desired gait, it's not comfortable to ride and certainly wouldn't be for someone with back problems. If you google "gaits of horses" or check Youtube you will learn what to look for and be able to identify running walks, racks, pace, etc. They have a horse on their website now that is supposed to be a "running walk machine" and all it does in the video is pace. They seem to cater to people just getting into gaited horses. The gelding we bought from them turned out to be so spooky we couldn't take him out on the trail without a bunch of drama and aggravation. Very frustrating since we made it clear we were looking for a good trail horse. They are traders, they purchase nice looking horses, put a little bit of riding time on them and re sell them. I would still consider purchasing from them in the future but would be alot pickier knowing what I know now about gait and temperament. A place I would not go back to is Adams Horse and Mule. Did not have a good experience with them. They seem to be high volume horse traders.

Tennessee Walkers tend to be a little hotter than Rocky Mountain and Spotted Saddle horses. Kentucky Mountains can also be good.

We've had two Rockies and both were great, level headed trail horses.

It's hard to find something with a decent gait. Do some research before buying.
     
    06-08-2012, 08:16 AM
  #25
Foal
Rockyrider227, thanks for your input. I have found a stable here in FL that gives lessons on gaited horses. I've had a few lessons so far and I'm glad I decided to do it. It is giving me a chance to try several breeds and see the difference in them. I don't want to make the wrong decision when I do make a purchase. It will be a plus also because my instructor will get to know me and what I need in a trail partner and give me a chance to ride one many times before deciding on that particular horse. Wish me luck, I need to get this right
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    06-08-2012, 10:26 AM
  #26
Foal
Rockyrider...thank you so very much for your information!!!!!!! I'd been in touch with them in the past and didn't pick up that they could possibly misrepresent a horse. In the videos the horses look to be sometimes pacing but mostly racking..it's close. I try and watch the rider to see if there's much movement in the saddle, or the horses' head to see if it's a side to side motion to determine gait.

I'd agree that some tw's are on the hotter side, though I had a young kmh that was always what they called "on the muscle" and was a hot little guy.

Showclothes, are you taking lessons at the farm we'd talked about?? I'm glad to hear it's going well. Learn all you can and then I'd try the other place in Hernando that I'd mentioned. Right now she's got two nice horses for sale and if I were in the market, even though she and I aren't the best of friends, I think she's pretty good about matching up horse and rider. Even if you don't buy from her, you'll get another view on the horses' way of moving and another outlook. She knows my screen name and you can tell her that I referred her. Take a look at these two:
Performance Trail Horses

Again, I have no pony in the race, but these horses look nice, at least to me. She'll be BRUTALLY honest if she thinks it's a bad/good match and will very much encourage you to take them out onto the trails. She and I bicker but she always has nice horses.

Again, thanks for the heads up about GG...how totally dissapointing.
     
    06-08-2012, 10:37 AM
  #27
Foal
Hi Dark Horse, I'm taking lessons at Glover Stables in Spring Hill. I did check out both of the horses you referred to. They both do seem very nice but I'm leaning toward a gelding. I do want to visit her sometime to get her input.
     
    06-08-2012, 10:42 AM
  #28
Foal
Glover Stables is a good place to be!! No big lick there. So glad for you! I wish she were closer to me, I'd be there too!

I've always said I wanted a gelding, then I had my tw mare. She came with too many issues for me to personally deal with, which broke my heart. I got closer to her than any gelding that I ever had. I sometimes think that mares are a lot braver than geldings, but that's just my personal opinion. Not trying to change your mind at all.

Let me know how it goes when you go out there. I'm also really glad to hear that you're taking your time and learning about the different gaits, etc.
     
    06-08-2012, 10:51 AM
  #29
Foal
I hear you on being closer. For me, from Geneva area, it's 2 1/2 hrs each way! It's definitely worth it because like you said she is excellent.

I've had a number of mares, in fact more than geldings and still have my daughter's warmblood who's 26 now and just a sweetheart. I'm just kind of set on a gelding this time........but who knows when the right one comes along.
     
    06-08-2012, 10:52 AM
  #30
Foal
Gaited horse

Any seller can come across a good horse don't misunderstand my post. Didn't mean to disappoint you. I just know from my experience and a friend who bought from G&G that their horses are usually not the best gaited. If you see something you like on their website go to their farm and ride the horse in a variety of situations to see if its a good fit. Take someone with you who can evaluate the gait while you ride or let that person ride it while you watch. The owner now posts Youtube videos and they are typically long enough to figure out what gaits they are doing.

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Originally Posted by Dark Horse    
Rockyrider...thank you so very much for your information!!!!!!! I'd been in touch with them in the past and didn't pick up that they could possibly misrepresent a horse. In the videos the horses look to be sometimes pacing but mostly racking..it's close. I try and watch the rider to see if there's much movement in the saddle, or the horses' head to see if it's a side to side motion to determine gait.

I'd agree that some tw's are on the hotter side, though I had a young kmh that was always what they called "on the muscle" and was a hot little guy.

Showclothes, are you taking lessons at the farm we'd talked about?? I'm glad to hear it's going well. Learn all you can and then I'd try the other place in Hernando that I'd mentioned. Right now she's got two nice horses for sale and if I were in the market, even though she and I aren't the best of friends, I think she's pretty good about matching up horse and rider. Even if you don't buy from her, you'll get another view on the horses' way of moving and another outlook. She knows my screen name and you can tell her that I referred her. Take a look at these two:
Performance Trail Horses

Again, I have no pony in the race, but these horses look nice, at least to me. She'll be BRUTALLY honest if she thinks it's a bad/good match and will very much encourage you to take them out onto the trails. She and I bicker but she always has nice horses.

Again, thanks for the heads up about GG...how totally dissapointing.
     

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