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    01-09-2009, 01:13 PM
  #1
Yearling
How did you come to find your gaited wonder?

I was wondering how you guys became afflicted with your gaited beauties. What made you choose them over any other breed? Do you have a cross that is the best of both breeds? I have a gaited Bashkir Curly mare that is the best horse in the world. I love the uniqueness of the gait and the breed in general and how tough they are. Plus, they have the looks. So, go on! I wanna hear what you guys have to say.
     
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    01-09-2009, 02:03 PM
  #2
Foal
I got introduced to gaited horses when my aunt (who introduced me and got me riding as a baby and bought me my first pony!) bought a Paso Fino. She started getting interested in gaited because she had soreness and issues in her hip bones and back. Well, the word spread fast and soon everyone in our family had gaited horses. We had Paso Finos, Peruivan Pasos, Mountain horses, Spotted Saddle horse and Tennessee Walkers.....we loved them all! I have found it to be a wonderful experience with the gaited horses and found that I will probably be spoiled for life!
My husband and I were involved in a car accident and I injured my back and neck pretty bad.....trotting horses just really wouldn't work for me at this point....so gaited for me!
     
    01-10-2009, 04:51 AM
  #3
Started
Mainly geograpy

But I wouldn't have any other breed now
     
    01-10-2009, 03:29 PM
  #4
Foal
Well... I came across my first and only (so far!) gaited horse by accident!
I had a back injury in 1995, and could only ride an hour or two on my Mustang (avatar) and could only ride an hour on my Quarter Horse without pain!
In 2002 I went to the feed store and noticed a little red mare standing in a stall out back and asked the owner what she was, and he said for sale, so I took a look at her asked how much, he said $250. I immediately wrote him a check for my hay and her!
Still not having a clue what she was, My husband put her in the round pen as soon as I unloaded her, and promptly said she's crippled! I said nope! She's gaited!!! Turned out she is a Fox Trotter!
My first ride out on her, My husband said he was worried about me and I asked why? And he said cus you been gone 4 HOURS!
Best $250. I ever spent! Now I'm hooked!!!
     
    01-10-2009, 05:52 PM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by g8ted4me    
We had Paso Finos, Peruivan Pasos, Mountain horses, Spotted Saddle horse and Tennessee Walkers.....we loved them all!
You don't often find someone who's ridden so many gaited breeds! Is there a difference in how their gaits feel?
     
    01-10-2009, 06:21 PM
  #6
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by OzarkGrey    
Well... I came across my first and only (so far!) gaited horse by accident!
I had a back injury in 1995, and could only ride an hour or two on my Mustang (avatar) and could only ride an hour on my Quarter Horse without pain!
In 2002 I went to the feed store and noticed a little red mare standing in a stall out back and asked the owner what she was, and he said for sale, so I took a look at her asked how much, he said $250. I immediately wrote him a check for my hay and her!
Still not having a clue what she was, My husband put her in the round pen as soon as I unloaded her, and promptly said she's crippled! I said nope! She's gaited!!! Turned out she is a Fox Trotter!
My first ride out on her, My husband said he was worried about me and I asked why? And he said cus you been gone 4 HOURS!
Best $250. I ever spent! Now I'm hooked!!!
That is a great story!


We came by ours under sadder circumstances. My husbands horse Fancy a QH had died. I was riding a QH draft pony mix with a trot like a Mack truck.
After Fancy passed he started looking for another horse and happened on one for sale that was not a QH which he swore he would never own another of (a very long story) She was a Rocky mountain horse, and was within a days drive from us. He really liked her and wanted to go for a ride. Thankfully I had my saddle with me in the trailer so I just grabbed one out of the herd of about 40 horses. We went for what I thought was a short trail ride (like yours Ozark Grey) its was 3 hours long, and neither of these horses, mine in particular hadn't been saddled in over 6 months. We didn't have to lunge them or do any ground work, just jumped on and took off. Anyway, I was so overwhelmed with the gait, I made her an offer on the pair. I came home and put my little QH mix up for sale and have lived happily ever after with our gaited gals. We now have 4 with the filly the two mares bore the following spring.
     
    01-10-2009, 08:54 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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My story is similar regarding the back injuries but not nearly as romantic as to how I acquired Duke

18+ years ago I was trail riding with some of my life-long trail riding friends, whom I had also grown up and gone to school with.

I noticed they were riding gaited horses and asked if they were Tennessee Walkers and where did they find them, since we were strictly in trotting country.

They replied all the long time trail riders were getting tired of bouncing around and were slowly switching to the smoother Tennessee Walkers. They had been going down to the Lexington, KY gaited horse auction and bringing them up to our area to trail ride and re-sell if anyone wanted one.

One fella that said I ought to try one and I'd never trot again. I piped back at him and said "find me one and he'd better be a good horse". Meaning an "up" horse with lots of motor and go yet still well-mannered.

A few months later he called me to meet him and some others at the nearby state gamelands that he'd found me a horse.

When the Seller (not my friend) walked Duke off the trailer we made eye contact. I didn't care if Duke was the rankest horse East of the Mississippi, I knew I was buying him and I had no clue how much money he was just yet

We rode three hours and Duke was perfect. Got back to the trailer where the Seller said he was wanting $1,500 for Duke. Back 18 years ago and in the area I then lived it, that was double the money for a good gaited horse with papers.

I said ok, we shook hands, and I wrote my deposit check to hold Duke. In the couple minutes it took me to write the deposit check, the Seller changed his mind about selling Duke. He threw up his hands in the "I am backing out of this deal" gesture when I went to hand him the check.

My friend & growing up school buddy (who was a pretty big farm guy), jumped in and told the Seller that while they were partners in business and trail riding, the hand shake sealed the deal and there was no backing out.

The Seller said he didn't think I'd take Duke because of the money he'd asked. My friend said "then you should've priced Duke higher yet. She and I grew up and went to school together; you will not back out of this deal."

I was so afraid he'd change his mind, I didn't wait until the following weekend. I got the money out of the credit union when I went to work Monday, then drove the nearly two hours from getting off work to the guy's house to pick Duke up.

The Seller's wife whispered in my ear she was glad I had bought Duke because she knew he was an above average horse and her husband rode him to hard for only being a three year old.

That was 18 years ago. Duke turned 21 last October, and is the horse in my avatar, but he was 16 when the avatar picture was taken. He is still the same handsome-up-alert-bombproof-lots-of-go-horse that is in that picture.

Duke was diagnosed with Equine Metabolic Syndrome (Type II diabetic) in May, 2007. He is still very ridable but I am also on the old side, so our pace has slowed some

Because of Duke being the wonderful horse that he is, I eventually bought two more Tennessee Walkers who are equally as beguiling
     
    01-11-2009, 07:15 PM
  #8
Zab
Yearling
My story is definetly not romantic in anway.. But I can just as well tell you since it's a good example for how a bad or toughtless and rushed decission can turn out good.

My firstencounter with gaited horses were icelandic horses, it's pretty much the only ons here that are gaited. Of course I loved the tölt but at that point I was far from buying my own horse and when we moved to an old farm my horse interest was to other breeds. (Mainly because of the icelandic horses size), I wanted a PRE but since they are expencive (truthfully, all horses except a few breeds are expencive in my opinion.. I refuse to pay 2500-6000usd for a horse that's barely educated) so I decided a coldblooded trotter would be fine. Good looks and more energic than normal drafts:P
But by the time we finally decided to get horses, it was more my dad who wanted it, I was doubting my interest in having a horse at all.

Dad ended up in buying a draft and I had found the perfect coldblooded trotter for me, had been off the track and ridden for years. The day before we should go get him, the seller backed out. With only a few days before we got Dacke (dads horse) home and not wanting him to be alone, with no possibilitis to find a company for him, we had to find a new horse. The plan was to buy a cheap standardbred and then I could buy the horse I truly wanted later on, keeping the standie for company or pasture pet. We called on the first, best add we saw with the cheapest horse. It was a standardbred, never raced but trained for it, and not broken under saddle. 5 years old, 15hh.

We drove to look at him, and I met Crow. No magic in the air, all I felt was a restless, stressed horse that I wasn't sure I could ever handle. We bought him and he stepped up on the ramp and into the trailer, shaking.

When we got him home he and the trailer was covered in sweat, but he calmed down very fast and proved himself to be unexperienced but curious and very gentle, still with a lot of go. :P When I sat on him the first time, bareback in a halter, he just looked at me. A few rides later I asked for trot.. and I got very surpriced whith how smooth his trot was. It took a few moments before I recogniced it as a pacey tölt! (We don't have any pacing races and not too many of our standies are gaited. Most that are get it trained out of them. I also didn't know that he had american blood, they had said italian..not that I've ever heard of that :P)

That was almost two years ago. We've had our accident, I got afraid after an injury and just recently was able to ride him, after a few months with a good trainer. He's still the gentle, curious horse I learnt to know and we have a lot of training in front of us, but we are getting there.

There are times I wish he wasn't gaited, it would be so much less trouble and I wouldn't have my ears nagged off about the need to trot him.( Seriously, they talk like the trot is a god-sent gait and will solve all our troubles..).
But I just need to take a ride and then I'm all sold on his gait again and smiling foolishly, forgetting all about those other people:P
I wouldn't trade my horse for anything in the world.
     
    01-12-2009, 11:38 AM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by ponyboy    
You don't often find someone who's ridden so many gaited breeds! Is there a difference in how their gaits feel?
Yes, there sure is. I have found that not only a difference between the gaited breeds there is also a difference in horses- most specifically the walkers that I have come across. They all seem to have a different feel to them- anyone else have the same experience?

My first love of gaited was by far the Peruvian Paso. I had 2 of them. I loved them to pieces and loved the smooth ride- I really don't think you can find anything like it. I also enjoyed the "brio"- the controlled energy. It was fantastic as I don't like to have to keep asking for faster...it hurt my knees too much. They are very intelligent and were wonderful trail horses. It was not an uncommon scene of me jumping on my mares bareback and gaiting around the camp ground and people pulling me aside saying, what the heck kind of horse is that?!?!? I told myself that I would not have another until I had to deal with the leg issues (dsl) that developed with my mare. So many ups and downs until I had to make the decision to put her down. It went from having an "off" day ever now and again to in a 6 weeks time she went down hill and was in pain. It was so hard to make the decision- She was only 13 years old and it tore my heart out.
I began my search looking for another gaited breed, but one that would have sturdier legs. I believe that they need to continue the research on the Peruvians and this problem before it is too late and the breed won't be able to bounce back!
We had already had a Kentucky Mountain mare that we loved to pieces and never had a unsound day in her life. She is 18 years old and had her since she was 6 years old. I really liked her, so continued looking...I got a Rocky Mountain horse. She was 4 years old and at first it was not a love affair. She was not as trained as I thought she should be and a bit on the spooky side. Then to top it all off we found out that she was in foal . We have made it through all of that and I have truely fallen in love with the breed. The trust developed between us and I have a wonderful mare- she is very willing and has been great on the trails (the few times that we got to go out) and she was a great mom (which made it easier on me as a newbie to that whole experience) I look forward to having her around for a lot of years and look forward to watching my 6 month old grow and look forward to him as being a future riding companion. They are a true joy- all mountain horses in our barn right now-
     
    01-12-2009, 09:56 PM
  #10
Yearling
I've heard about that problem with Peruvians. That's too bad.
     

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