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    12-24-2011, 08:48 PM
  #11
Foal
Thumbs up How about a Peruvian?

Someone mentioned Paso Finos, but I looked at them then went for a Peruvian Paso instead. My first horse, and he is awesome! Regalo is very sweet and has more get up and go than a quarter horse (which can be problematic when riding with them but it's worth it). The gait is smoother and covers more ground than a Paso Fino, and best of all, they are 100% naturally gaited from birth and don't need tricks, special shoes, or special bits to "make" them gait. Actually, I ride with a bitless bridle, and many will ride in a bosal.
I know TWHs are easier to find, but PPs are worth the search!!!!
     
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    12-26-2011, 01:47 PM
  #12
Weanling
Walkers are great safe, excellent tempered and beautiful! They are wonderful horses. You can Google many different ranches across the US that have great walkers.
Good luck!
     
    12-30-2011, 11:08 AM
  #13
Weanling
I have a paso fino. I'm a complete horse noob and he's still perfect. He gaits naturally. He's not very fast but he's smooth as glass when he's going. Even his walk is heaven. He rides in a halter but I have him in a soft hackamore. Although, reading the bit thread has me thinking I'll go back to halter riding.
     
    01-04-2012, 11:38 PM
  #14
Foal
TWH are amzing I am disabled and can ride them with ease
     
    01-05-2012, 02:38 AM
  #15
Foal
kentucky view

I think Walkers are the best, and in this area a good trail walker can be had for 250 and up. A really good registered trail horse can be found for $500, if you take the time to search. Of course going to a reputable stable will cost more but I am more of the attitude to sit down and figure out exactly what I will ask of the horse I am considering then looking for the horse that matches my needs. Then go out and meet the prospect and see how things go on ground and in saddle. Usually I surprise visit the owners by giving a general day to visit but not a time, that way I can see how the horse acts in the field or stall, and how the act about grooming saddling e.t.c. Generally color is the last thing I consider but if color is important then set that as a search criteria and wait till you find exactly what you want. My technique is time consuming but it turns out well for me and lets me see horses that otherwise I might not get a chance to view. Also as a final thought, consider rescues and horse auctions. If you have a good eye for horses this can be a great way to get a great horse at a great deal.Usually its better to go to a certain auction a few times before bidding so as to get an idea on what caliber of horse a certain saler carries, this way you will learn if they are trust worthy. An auction horse or rescue horse will appreciate the good home. Please keep in mind though you can end up with problems from auctions and every animal MUST be quarantined for at least two weeks.
     
    01-05-2012, 09:39 AM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by annsright    
Someone mentioned Paso Finos, but I looked at them then went for a Peruvian Paso instead. My first horse, and he is awesome! Regalo is very sweet and has more get up and go than a quarter horse (which can be problematic when riding with them but it's worth it). The gait is smoother and covers more ground than a Paso Fino, and best of all, they are 100% naturally gaited from birth and don't need tricks, special shoes, or special bits to "make" them gait. Actually, I ride with a bitless bridle, and many will ride in a bosal.
I know TWHs are easier to find, but PPs are worth the search!!!!

Annsright, I know there are many who use gimmicks -no denying that. But I can ride my mare in a bitless bridle and barefoot and she gaits up a storm the same as she does in show. Many of the TWH that are bred properly for gait not for big lick movement, are born walking...refinement at times may be needed, but not with gimmicks, just with practice.

I think barrelwannabe, if you spend the time looking for a quality natural TWH (or any gaited breed honestly) you can have a wonderful trail horse :) up in Canada the majority of our show horses are trail and competitive trail horses as well as they are gimmick free and can boogie love the TWH mind, that's for sure.
     
    01-05-2012, 03:25 PM
  #17
Foal
You'll want to look for a horse that is well set in his gait barefoot. The use of shoes and other aides can be beneficial when enhancing a gait, but shouldn't be the reason why a horse gaits well. If a horse is naturally gaited, there's not a whole lot that a rider can do (by riding) to take that out of them. You can make the ride better, but it's hard to make it worse than what it will do naturally.

As far as breed, I've had or ridden extensively Paso Finos, Paso Fino/Peruvian Paso x's, Tennessee Walkers, Spotted Saddle Horses, Mo Foxtrotters and a Walkaloosa. The only one out of those that were so spirited that I wouldn't feel comfortable putting someone new to gaited horses on is the Paso Fino. He's gentle as all get out but has such a big motor and he's quick in his movements. But as far as being as gaited and smooth as one could be, he's also "it".

I personally favor the Missouri Foxtrotter, but the TWH comes second for me. As someone else mentioned, a registered SSH can be any gaited breed (or mix) that has color (paint qualifications) so it's hard to establish that as a "breed" to me. Same as a registered racking horse. The horse just has to have a racking gait, but can be a TWH, a RMH, or of unknown origins, etc.

The trick is to set your parameters as far as what you need, want, etc. Prioritize that and then start your search. Don't limit it to a specific gaited breed as you'll benefit from riding a variety of them before you select. Even within each breed there will be differences based on the bloodlines just as with Quarter Horses, TB's, etc.

I also sort of disagree with the "avoid a mix" advice. I had a QH Paso Fino cross that was nicely gaited who had the more laid back temperment of the QH. If the horse gaits well for you barefoot, that's mostly what you need to know as far as being gaited. The rest is the same as buying any other horse...it boils down to what suits you best.

You may benefit from consutling a trainer in a gaited breed, but honestly, if you go out and try enough horses, their owners will give you tips on seat, collection, etc. You'll probably learn quite a bit just in your journey in finding the right horse.
     
    01-07-2012, 08:57 PM
  #18
Foal
Once you start to delve into the gaited world, it can get a bit confusing . First, take an inventory of what you look for in a horse. If you've got a lot of energy, you might want a higher energy horse. If that's the case, a paso, pp or even the right trote y galope (though they are hard to find and expensive) might be up your alley.

I've found tw's to be a bit more laid back, though some come with a big motor. Some people hate the head nod and find it distracting. They also don't like what can be a "camel" type walk, lot's of back and forth, front to back in the saddle.

Ssh's and mft's can be laid back and comfy, too. Same as rmh's, kmh's, etc.

As for price, it depends on where you are. Here in my part of Florida, the rmh's are big money. It's not unusual to see a green broke gelding with some color with a price tag of 8k or more. Paso's range in price from $500 to in the million dollar range. Tw's start around $1200 and I've seen some trail horses around the 10k mark.

What it boils down to is there is NO absolute in personality and temperament when it comes to breed, just generalities. Price is all over the place...just take your time, ride alot of horses, read, read and oh, hey!! Read!! And ask questions.

I've found pasos and pp's to be more naturally gaited and most are started in a nose band and as their training increases, move to a bit. Some of the bits are just as ugly as the tw's bits, imho. No special shoeing required however most of them are a bit more upright to keep a tighter gait.

Tw's, no special shoeing though you'll be told differently. If a horse needs heavy shoeing and long shanked bits, you might want to rethink the purchase. Personally, I like to see a horse that is balanced and without lot's of "gimicks" to get them to gait. All of this has just been through my experience and again, not written in stone
     
    01-07-2012, 09:35 PM
  #19
Foal
I want to comment on the long shanked bits. That's what I used to use as well...why?...because it's how I was taught. You ride a gaited horse, you use a bit "designed" for a gaited horse. That was the rule. It's not necessary (and I know this now) but if people are "old school" (like I was) they might not know that either! Point is, I wouldn't let that detract from an otherwise good horse. Every gaited horse I've had has gaited just as well in a hackamore (mechanical or rope) as they have in a bit . Again, it's more about their natural abilities.
     
    01-07-2012, 11:02 PM
  #20
Yearling
When I bought my TWH mare she had never been ridden in anything except a walking horse bit with 8" shanks. I borrowed it for 30 days to learn to ride her, then put her in a D-ring snaffle and a western reining bit with low port and swiveling shanks. She would gait in whatever bit I had on her; she's happiest in the western low port...but in either of the 3 bits she could gait without any pressure, just light contact to keep the reins from flopping all around with her head nod...
     

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