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post #21 of 69 Old 01-07-2012, 11:04 PM
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i thought at first i would like a paso but decided to go with the twh because they r more laid back. i also like the arabian twh cross, they r very nice too.
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post #22 of 69 Old 01-07-2012, 11:55 PM
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Get an Icelandic they gait naturally you don't have to train it. You can ride them western or English. One good advantage they are low to the ground you don't need mounting blocks/steps to get on, once your on they don't seem so short.
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post #23 of 69 Old 01-08-2012, 10:42 PM
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I wouldn't pass on a nice horse just because he/she's being ridden in a long shanked bit. Twisted wire mouth piece?? Maybe..

When I was looking for a ssh, I'd see that most of them were leaning on the bit..it's great that the horse mentioned previously went from an 8" shank to a nice small port western bit
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post #24 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 12:22 PM
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We have peruvian pasos. Even at a Paso Llano (equivalent to a walk) they feel as though they are walking. They are real nice horses, not too big or too small.
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post #25 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 02:01 PM
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I'm a Missouri Fox Trotter fan. They are super smooth and very kind hearted. They don't have the dramatic head nod of a TWH nor the high stepping gait. Lots of people like TWH, I'm not a huge fan. I see that you are in Oklahoma, I live close to the OK/AR line and I've bought two blue-papered MFT's that were very well trained in the $700 range. They are pretty common in this part of the country.

I've never been formally taught how to ride but my grandfather rode gaited horses his whole life and taught me how. Sit straight with your legs slightly in front of you (not as far as if you are riding a qh), keep slight constant pressure on the reins and slight pressure with your legs. That's the way I was taught to make them gait, and it's always worked for me. It also helps to hold the reins in both hands, not just one.

Check out Craigslist, that's where I bought both of my jewels. Just make sure you test ride them first!
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post #26 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 02:16 PM
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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.
This is interesting. Can someone explain a little further? I didn't know that Spotted Saddle horses weren't necessarily a breed. So any horse that's been trained to gait and has spots would be a Spotted Saddle horse?

How about Mountain Pleasure or Kentucky Mountain horses? Are they breeds or just types of horses?

I'm overall confused about gaiting anyway. A lot of people say that gaited horses like TWHs gait naturally but then I'll read that they need to be trained to gait and if you don't ride them correctly, you can actually ruin their gait.
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post #27 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 02:18 PM
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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.
Wow, I'm in Virginia, only one state over and it's totally different here. Honestly going by Equinenow.com, Dreamhorse, or Virginia Equestrian.com, the only horses to be had for $250-500 are pasture pets who can't be ridden or they are completely unbroken. A good gaited, broke trail horse will run you into the thousands.
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post #28 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 02:26 PM
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In Southern Ohio and in Kentucky you can buy a perfect one for 500.00 all day long. The horse market is very bad here right now.

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post #29 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 02:47 PM
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Totally agree. Here in TN you can get a solid trail horse for well under $1000. A lot of them are even registered Walking Horses. There's not a great selection right now because most people don't buy/sell horses in the winter, but last fall when I was horse shopping I saw plenty of nice ones for that price. I guess it could just be that I live in the heart of gaited horse country though.
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post #30 of 69 Old 01-18-2012, 02:52 PM
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I've seen a few trail horses here ( Central VA) under $1,000 but not gaited. They tend to be stock horses which are fine. Also, I've found a lot of times people will say that a horse is a trail horse when really he's just been hacked around in the field behind the barn. Finding a good, smooth, sure footed, non spooky trail horse that's gaited is not cheap.

I had first considered buying out of state but then I decided that when I do buy, I'd rather do an on farm lease for a while to be sure I click with the horse. That's a shame about the KY/OH market. Wow $500. I'd give a seller some side eye if they offered me a Cadillac trail horse for that price, lol.
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