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How to find and pick out a good gaited horse?

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        12-15-2013, 12:21 AM
      #21
    Yearling
    The "Contact Us" page photo would be a deal breaker for me.

    G.
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        12-16-2013, 01:49 AM
      #22
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Guilherme    
    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.
    It isn't just the sales barns. I've been gaited horse shopping three times now and looked at about 60 horses at sales barns, breeders, and private sellers. The quality is pretty bad out here and I don't think you'd like to own any of the horses I tried.
         
        12-16-2013, 02:57 AM
      #23
    Weanling
    There's a place in Virginia called Walkin' After Midnight that has TWs and SSHs. They seem to breed and will let you speak to the previous owner of any horse they have.
         
        12-16-2013, 09:54 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Skunkworks    
    I've been down in New Mexico for a while, going to be here for a few years at least and horse fever is starting bite me. I think I'm ready to start the slow process of finding a horse to replace Lance, who I lost a couple of months ago to a freak accident. I fell in love with the gaited breeds and really would love to own one for trail riding/camping. That said, how in the heck do you find one in the middle of the southwest and what do you look for in conformation, breeding, and training? I think I'm leaning toward a standardbred but some of the more stout twh have caught my eye too. I wouldn't mind traveling a fair distance to buy a good horse but I do want enough knowledge going in before hand to make a good decision.
    You say you're in New Mexico, but the location on your message says Washington State. Do you still go up there? This seems to be a really nice Peruvian Paso in Oregon. Even if you don't want a show horse, professional training is always good, and it says she's good on trails. Nice video.

    DreamHorse.com Horse ID: 1908903 - CBP Canela Fina
         
        12-16-2013, 12:56 PM
      #25
    Yearling
    Right off the bat, the easiest way to see talent is the head nod. How much of a head nod, does the owner have difficulty in keeping it? Is the horse consistently nodding? If not holding it consistently, do you feel that you can deal with that? No head nod-no flat walk. Also listen for those 4 equal beats.

    With a racker, you want 4 equal beats without a head nod but keeping those 4 equally spaced beats at more speed. Watch for how much trouble the rider has in keeping it consistently.

    This is a simple observation, but these observations will weed out most of the horses that you don't want.
         
        12-16-2013, 09:41 PM
      #26
    Foal
    My tastes in horses...too much head noddin gets to be wearisome on a long ride.

    That's one reason I went from walkers to rackers.
         
        12-17-2013, 12:40 AM
      #27
    Yearling
    Head nod is fine in the show ring; on the trail or in the field it's not very utilitarian.

    My Marchador Mare has a very modest "head nod." Many laterally gaited horses have some. I don't see it as much proof of anything, one way or the other.

    G.
         
        12-17-2013, 09:08 AM
      #28
    Weanling
    The head bobbing is a indicator, BUT I put more importance on the shaky tail. If they are not shaking they are not gaiting.

    But, most importance is the riders feel in the saddle.
         
        12-17-2013, 07:51 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Trinity Ridge    
    my tastes in horses...too much head noddin gets to be wearisome on a long ride.

    That's one reason I went from walkers to rackers.
    The one walker I rode who could perform a running walk had a (natural) huge head nod and swing. I wondered if it would tire a horse quicker than one with less head nod and body movement.
         
        12-17-2013, 11:19 PM
      #30
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Malda    
    The one walker I rode who could perform a running walk had a (natural) huge head nod and swing. I wondered if it would tire a horse quicker than one with less head nod and body movement.

    I got no idea Malda. If I had to guess id say it has an effect on them. Its a constant motion, motion requires energy, exerting energy tires anything out........

    Some head nod is a given in gaited horses. Its necessary. But after 10 miles on a trail an exagerated head nod will grate on me. I would personally walk away from a horse that has an exaggerated head nod. To me it proves nothing but a tiresome ride for myself.
         

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