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post #1 of 47 Old 07-25-2010, 05:01 AM Thread Starter
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Question Looking into Gaited Breeds

Hey there. I am a diehard draft lover, but due to a pretty serious back/hip injury a few years I am now left with chronic pain. I have been told that a gaited horse would be good, and have been ping ponged between different breeds.

Now, I live in TWH country and could easily pick up a nice young'un for a fair price and work with it myself. However, the few i've bet seemed hot, flighty, and more interested in reacting before thinking, NOT qualities I look for in a horse of ANY breed. I also know that for the most part, TWHs are started VERY young, and I don't want to gamble on that either.

So, I'm down to looking at possibly adding a gaited horse to my riding time, but on a budget. Paso Finos and RMHs seem to be rather pricey, and Standardbreds seemed a little 'hot' as well...so, I don't really know what breed would work out for me, physically and financially.

Any suggestions and further info?
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post #2 of 47 Old 07-25-2010, 02:06 PM
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It would help a lot if you let us know a price range. In our area Rocky Mountains go from $500 up to $5000.

Depends on age, how broke you want the horse, area they come from.

There are also a lot of decent ones out there for around $1500 in the IL area, now around KY you can sometimes find them for less.
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My price range would be under 1000 to ensure that I can properly care for the horse once I get it. (vet, farrier, shipping, boarding, ect)

I'm also just more interested in knowing what breed would be best suited. I'm not looking to buy right now, but I can't justify spending 5 grand on a horse I'm just going to brush and ride in a back yard setting. I don't do hard trails (or any trails right now), I don't show, compete, or do anything like that, so I'm really more concerned with temperment and the kind of gait that doesn't hurt backs and hips.
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My price range would be under 1000 to ensure that I can properly care for the horse once I get it. (vet, farrier, shipping, boarding, ect)

I'm also just more interested in knowing what breed would be best suited. I'm not looking to buy right now, but I can't justify spending 5 grand on a horse I'm just going to brush and ride in a back yard setting. I don't do hard trails (or any trails right now), I don't show, compete, or do anything like that, so I'm really more concerned with temperment and the kind of gait that doesn't hurt backs and hips.
Chances are you will not find a good gaited horse that cheap. Not all gaited horses are smooth riding and chances are in the lower price range they won't be smooth. If you are riding that little I would just ride a trotting horse and go slow or post at the trot.
Some trotting horses are smooth and more to choose from
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It's odd that you say that you've only seen hot TWH in your area! The 3 I've ridden have all been calm and rather brave. I've only had a spook once, and that was from a motorcycle. It was apparently a 'big' spook for her, and all she did was kind of tighten up and lurch forward a stride.
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I'm not looking to buy a horse right this second or anything, so I have alot of time to save up money to get a better horse. However, I don't want a show horse, I'd rather look into adopting or rescuing a horse that is still ridable, but I kind of need to know the breed to look into since there are MANY breed specific rescues.

As for the hot and 'flighty' TWHs in my area, I think it might be due to the fact the people I know who have them don't know much about proper behavior training and just let heir horses do whatever whenever OR they are ex show horses that had their tails 'set' (broken) feet sored, padded (think of a horse wearing platform shoes) chains on their ankles and harsh bits in their mouth and forced to be very high headed. And those were just the walkers I looked at. There are some walkers out at the boarding facility I'm at, only 3, but ALL three of them are brutish bullies!
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If you have a specific medical problem I would suggest trying different breeds so you can find the gait you like best.
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Yeah, I know about all of the craziness that goes on with TWH down there. The ones here are almost ALL trail horses.. and I'm looking for a show horse. :P

TWH may NOT be the best for easy ridign, because the ones I ride require considerable push to get gaiting that isn't a pace.
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Ponyboy- While that would be absolutely amazing, I don't really want to buy one, try it, and sell it, and not many people are totally hot on 'sharing' their horses around here. Again, my local area is just NOT very helpful or friendly.

Vivache- Yeah, they also breed very slender almost 'pony' type walkers here, and I'm a hefty rider, so even if they are well behaved, I can't really ride them x_x
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The one I show is 15.2 and a total heifer! I've seen a lot more that are HUGE-- I've actually had trouble finding smaller ones! We need to trade areas. :P
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