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    01-29-2012, 12:19 AM
  #41
Yearling
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Originally Posted by countryryder    
I am fascinated by the gaited breeds and would love to have one some day. :) (have Saddlebred crosses but they're only 3 gaited).Something I'm curious about,and maybe this is a dumb question,but if you breed a gaited horse to a non gaited horse,is the off spring likely to be gaited or not? Does it depend on what gaited breed you use?
There's no "school answer" here except the one that says "it depends."

Since there is no specific "gait gene" that anyone has identified it's likely that a horse's way of going is determined by multiple factors. Even within established gaited breeds there will often be a variety of ways of going.

So, I guess the answer is "it depends."

G.
     
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    01-29-2012, 06:58 AM
  #42
Yearling
Sometimes even two well gaited horses produce non gaited offspring.
Unfortunately. That is why I don't think it is wise to cross non-gaited to gaited.
Horse market is pretty bad right now, and I would not even take a non-gaited Walker for free.
Just my humble opinion. Like I said there are MANY gaited horses near me, so maybe I have distorted vision.
     
    01-29-2012, 08:21 AM
  #43
Foal
As concur with what many others have said, get a horse that is firmly seated in it's gait. I have two Rocky's, both were relatively young (4 & 5) and green broke when I got them. I really had no horsemanship knowledge so needless to say "gaiting" was a significant hurdle for me. I have had folks come to my place and work with me and my horses here and there and now all is good. Good luck in your quest, take you time, be a educated buyer, take someone with you that is somewhat familiar with this type horses if you can.
     
    01-30-2012, 01:18 PM
  #44
Weanling
I was at the Walking Horse sale at Tattersall's (in Lexington, KY) over the weekend. One of the things I noticed was that there were some nice, natural-moving horses going for low prices. There was nothing spectacular about their looks, but their movement just "flowed." They were going for under $1000.

But then, there were people bidding into the thousands for what I call "color and tail." The horse wasn't much of a mover, but it was slick and shiny with unique color or markings, or had a long flowing mane and tail. I guess that's all that's important to some people.

If you want a good gaited horse, focus on the gait and the temperament. Color, flash, looks. . .that's all secondary stuff and it doesn't matter a bit when you're out on trail all day.
     
    01-30-2012, 01:55 PM
  #45
Foal
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Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
But then, there were people bidding into the thousands for what I call "color and tail." The horse wasn't much of a mover, but it was slick and shiny with unique color or markings, or had a long flowing mane and tail. I guess that's all that's important to some people.
Completely agree, and there are folks out there that are willing to compromise their ethics to capitalize on that, I know, I have one leaving 10 miles down the road from me. One of my Rocky's is a deep chocolate, at least he was when I bought him...turns out the seller was putting on some kind of brown goop on him before we would come over. It took months before it all came out, he's still deep chocolate but he's also dappled. Doesn't make a bit of difference to me but the seller must have thought it was significant.
     
    01-30-2012, 02:10 PM
  #46
Yearling
Try to find someone knowledgable who can show you where you can start riding them so you can get a feel for their gate. Even within the same breed they all gait differently. I would do that before purchasing.
     
    01-30-2012, 11:20 PM
  #47
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
I was at the Walking Horse sale at Tattersall's (in Lexington, KY) over the weekend. One of the things I noticed was that there were some nice, natural-moving horses going for low prices. There was nothing spectacular about their looks, but their movement just "flowed." They were going for under $1000.

But then, there were people bidding into the thousands for what I call "color and tail." The horse wasn't much of a mover, but it was slick and shiny with unique color or markings, or had a long flowing mane and tail. I guess that's all that's important to some people.

If you want a good gaited horse, focus on the gait and the temperament. Color, flash, looks. . .that's all secondary stuff and it doesn't matter a bit when you're out on trail all day.
There's an old saying: A good horse is never a bad color.

It's surely not true the other way 'round, though.

The reason this is such a tragedy, however, is those people buying "bling" will breed those poorly moving (often poorly conformed) horses as they will be the ones with the ribbons and the genetic base of the Walker will continue to deteriorate.

I'm not just "picking on" Walkers, here. It's true of any breed whose primary utility is to look good in a show ring.

G.
     
    01-31-2012, 12:45 PM
  #48
Green Broke
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guilherme    
There's an old saying: A good horse is never a bad color.

It's surely not true the other way 'round, though.

The reason this is such a tragedy, however, is those people buying "bling" will breed those poorly moving (often poorly conformed) horses as they will be the ones with the ribbons and the genetic base of the Walker will continue to deteriorate.

I'm not just "picking on" Walkers, here. It's true of any breed whose primary utility is to look good in a show ring.

G.
That's been one of my biggest issues with the show world. The majority breed for flash and fake the rest. Good way to ruin a breed.
     
    01-31-2012, 01:16 PM
  #49
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Guilherme    
There's an old saying: A good horse is never a bad color.

It's surely not true the other way 'round, though.

The reason this is such a tragedy, however, is those people buying "bling" will breed those poorly moving (often poorly conformed) horses as they will be the ones with the ribbons and the genetic base of the Walker will continue to deteriorate.

I'm not just "picking on" Walkers, here. It's true of any breed whose primary utility is to look good in a show ring.

G.
The above post is why you're one of my favorite posters, G.

My "little black" TWH tends to bleach out in the summer. One year he was almost a copper color.

Doesn't change the fact that he's a great little riding horse, that he has carried me safe and sound for literally thousands of trail miles over the last ten years, or that he has the most willing give-it-your-all temperament of any horse I've ever met. He could be colored like a My Little Pony for all I care. . .I didn't buy him for his color.
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    02-03-2012, 01:51 PM
  #50
Foal
I have heard that the best results for crossing is for the mare to be gaited. Partly because they also learn (what they may not have inherited) from her. Not sure, Could be a "horse tail". Haha.
     

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