Just got my first gaited horse and need some advice

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    02-22-2010, 09:00 PM
Just got my first gaited horse and need some advice

I just got my first gaited horse!! She is a lovely perlino Paso Fino. I have only ridden on non-gaited horses before, and I have found that I perfer the gaited. She has the classic fino gaite. Since I have never owned one does anyone have any advise for me???
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    02-23-2010, 12:58 AM
Always use a gaited horse saddle, and see if you can hook up with someone who is experienced with gaited horses.

That's all I can come up with since you didn't give a whole lot of info.
    02-23-2010, 10:30 AM
Can you talk to the previous owner? What do you plan to use her for? One of my friends owns two Paso Finos, and really like them.
    02-23-2010, 11:30 AM
Pasos are a bit different from most North American gaited horses in their way of going and that suggests you might want to look for a Paso-specific group to get some Paso-specific informtion.

IMO "gaited horse saddles" are a marketing ploy, not a saddle type. The very variety of "gaited horses" makes the idea that there can be one type of "specialty saddle" a bit questionable.

I've know some folks with Pasos before and they rode them in a classical fashion as you might ride any horse. They sat balanced and centered and rode with hand, seat, and leg. One lady even did some decent dressage (small "d" not big "D") work on hers.

The Paso is a road horse and will take you comfortably from here to there. What else it might do depends on the horse.

    02-24-2010, 01:38 AM
I wanted to trail ride with her, nothing to spectacular with her.
What I have learned about the Paso's is limited..but I enjoy the learning!! I have never bought a horse will this little of knowledge about the breed.
I had heard that I didnt need the "gaited horse saddle" the lady I bought her from said if the saddle fits me and the horse then it will be fine..she has owned Pasos for a few years and never used one. I used to want to playday, but when I found her I fell in love. I have heard that Paso don't make good playday eventers, so I will just stick to the trails
    02-24-2010, 02:40 PM
I would suggest the use of a gaited saddle, a gaited tree gives your horse the ability to move better in the front end without the saddle conflicting them....so not only will a good gaited saddle be comfortable for you it will be comfortable for your horse...

Just depends on how much you want to spend on one, they can be costly or they can be cheap...

Enjoy your paso!

    02-24-2010, 08:24 PM
A saddle used on gaited horses should have a straight flap (if English), a fairly flat seat, and the stirrups placed a little farther back than usual. They are not a gimick. You wouldn't use a dressage saddle on your hunter/jumper - Use the right saddle for the right job. Lane fox saddles are not good however - they don't have enough cushioning for trail riding and also put the rider into a chair seat, which should only be used when absolutely necessary. Good Western saddles for gaited horses are pretty easy to find. If you want English, there might be some endurance saddles that fit the bill. As an alternative you could go with an Australian saddle or a plantation saddle like this one:

(Looks comfy doesn't it?)

If you really can't stand a flat seat, go with a dressage saddle.

As for advice on riding, keep in mind that going fast (in the Paso Largo) is just as much work for the horse as galloping. A lot of the soundness problems associated with gaited horses result from people not realizing this.
    02-24-2010, 10:51 PM
I ride three horses on a more of less regular basis. One is lateral, one centered, and one diagonal. All are "gaited." All have a different way of going. All have a similar conformation. I use a Stubben Scout on all three. Like this Stubben Saddles

How can this work under the theory that "gaited horses need gaited horse saddles"?

Stubben, by the by, makes a "gaited horse saddle." Stubben North America The market wants them so they supply the need, like any good capitalist would do. I've seen them and sat in one; they are of good quality.

Again, a horse, any horse, needs a saddle that fits. The moniker is less important than the fit.

    02-25-2010, 02:08 PM
I agree that if possible you should look into a gaited tree, however often these trees are not made to fit all the different breeds/builds gaited horses come in. IME, and I could be wrong, they are made with a narrower horse in mind. My own KMH is extremely short backed, table backed, and low withered, I tried about 7 saddles on him, and none fit. Even the cutback my trainer has FOR gaited horses. I actually had to take him and have him fitted to find something that works. I had the idea that I needed a gaited saddle and none of them were fitting! Of course, once I got him there the fitter said there is no way a gaited tree is going to work on him.:roll:. I ended up getting a barrel saddle(only thing short enough)with full qh bars, its the only thing that fit.

I would say you should maybe find a riding instructor somewhere with experience in gaited horses, Pasos specifically if you can find one, and take a few lessons. While you are still supposed to ride centered and balanced, there are a few things that are different with gaited horses that you should know.
    02-25-2010, 07:17 PM
What is this about a gaited tree? Of course different horses need different size trees! If that's what you meant Guilherme then I agree. I'm talking about the design of the saddle.

Jacksmama, I know it's too late now but there is a gaited saddle made for horses like yours... The Bravo. I've heard it's lovely.

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