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        12-14-2013, 11:13 AM
      #11
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    "Overall the price makes a difference which is true for buying any horse"

    Not any more. Price has absolutely nothing to do with quality. You can find excellent gaited horses for $500.00 as well as for thousands of dollars. The majority of the best buys and best quality are not advertised. The horse market is poor, poor, poor. A lot of quality horses are being sold just so they don't have to feed them. The trick is finding them.

    It is very true, you need to ride a lot of differing gaits to find what suits you. However, the really smooth ones, are "USUALLY"(NOT ALWAYS) suitable for a broad range of riders. The single biggest difference you'll find between riding gaited and riding "walk trot" horses is your seat. You ride gaited horses in a "chair seat" the classical equitation seat is not appropriate and will almost always get you in trouble. The trouble being, they will get rough and/or loose their gait entirely. You'll hear a lot of arguments about this, but if you watch those that have the best luck with their gaited horses they all ride the chair seat.

    To find the good ones and learn a lot about them, you need to make a week or more trip to eastern ky & tn, and western Virginia, and southern GA, MS & AL. This area, probably has the highest population of gaited horses. BUT, you need and insider to show you around. Their are places in this area, you do NOT visit without and invite, OR a local, to introduce you.

    Just a quick word about the standardbred. They come in two flavors. Pacers or Trotters. Some folks have better luck getting the trotters to gait with a smooth gait and others like the pacers. Personal preference. If you are not an experienced rider, I'd highly suggests, staying away from either. Now the standardbred cross is usually a different story.

    Liz Graves, makes a living selling material. She writes and teaches what will sell, that is too many times completely contrary to the reality of what it takes to have, and ride, a good gaited horse. You'll learn more from the common doer of gaited horses.

    As a rule of thumb, avoid the Big Lick bred TWH. They are bred to be pacey, and generally do not make good pleasure gaited horses.

    Yes sir....that cross is an awesome animal. A true machine. Bred to a TWH you get the temperment, style, looks, front end action and most importantly.. a big motor.
         
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        12-14-2013, 11:28 AM
      #12
    Foal
    Thanks for the awesome advice everybody. Weeklong trips back east are out of my ability for the moment but weekend trips I would be willing to make.
         
        12-14-2013, 11:37 AM
      #13
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    "Overall the price makes a difference which is true for buying any horse"

    Not any more. Price has absolutely nothing to do with quality. You can find excellent gaited horses for $500.00 as well as for thousands of dollars. The majority of the best buys and best quality are not advertised. The horse market is poor, poor, poor. A lot of quality horses are being sold just so they don't have to feed them. The trick is finding them.

    As a rule of thumb, avoid the Big Lick bred TWH. They are bred to be pacey, and generally do not make good pleasure gaited horses.
    You and I live in different parts of the country. :) Out here in California it's still a seller's market and trying to find a safe, sane, healthy trail horse, gaited or not, for under $5000 is extremely difficult. I have no idea why 5K, but it seems to be the limit when my friends and I are looking for trail horses. The more expensive horses are usually started by good trainers. Trust me, if I could have spent more I would have.

    And I agree about the Big Lick bred TWH's. Lots of poor breeding there.
         
        12-14-2013, 12:19 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    At 5gs plus per pop maybe we should go into the horse transporting to CA business!!!!!
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        12-14-2013, 12:35 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    I've been to this sale a couple of times and to their trail ride many times. MO would be a little closer to you than TN or KY. They've been in the gaited horse business for years.

    Welcome To 4-J.net! Home of Big Piney Trail Ride, 4-J Horse Sales & MORE!

    You'll find a link on this page where you can download their 2014 sale catalogue but it will only have a description, no pics. If there is any way possible go to the sale a couple of days early, you can watch them riding the horses, ride one for yourself if you find one you're interested in, and the really nice thing is you'll be able to see several different breeds at one spot. Probably not a standardbred but for sure TWH, SSH, & MO Foxtrotters, possibly some Rocky or KY Mountain horses.
         
        12-14-2013, 12:39 PM
      #16
    Weanling
    This is a place I've been watching, couldn't rmember it in my earlier post: Easy-Gaited Trail Horses For Sale - Are YOU Ready to Ride! I don't know if they're reputable or not but they have good testimonials.

    Thoughts?
         
        12-14-2013, 01:13 PM
      #17
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    At 5gs plus per pop maybe we should go into the horse transporting to CA business!!!!!
    Excellent, can I be first in line to buy a horse?

    My previous horse, the SSH who had to be put down due to Wobbler's, was from one of these import sales barns. I wasn't too impressed with the overall quality and they are no longer in business.
         
        12-14-2013, 02:16 PM
      #18
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
    At 5gs plus per pop maybe we should go into the horse transporting to CA business!!!!!
    There are a number CA barns that do this. For folks in CA there's a big caveat emptor involved. These horses a bought "in bulk" and shipped out. They get a very quick "tune up" and moved ASAP. Since the buyers are often not experienced with Walkers they get "took" pretty badly.

    The horse business always requires that the buyer do their homework. Sometimes it's just more critical than others.

    G.
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        12-14-2013, 05:06 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    If I were to send horses to CA, the TWH would be the last breed I'd consider.

    Be very, very careful, with 4J. They are very nice folks, BUT, they ride the hare off of the horses they are going to sell. Sometimes this is OK, and WELL, other times, the horse doesn't retain what was crash drilled into them.
         
        12-14-2013, 09:12 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    They do do that bbsmfg3, but they're pretty good about telling you (if you ask) whether the horse is seasoned or just recently started. I think that whole family pretty much lives on horseback. As with any horse purchase, if you're not an experienced buyer, it's best to take someone along who is.
         

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