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    04-27-2012, 09:14 PM
  #11
Yearling
My Rocky has a beautiful rocking chair canter! It would get a 9 in a Dressage show it is so uphill!!

Many gaited horses are never allowed to canter, or riders make them wait until they are older to ask. The theory is that if you allow them to canter, they won't want to gait because it is harder for them to do. IMO that theory is totally false, I've ridden alot of gaited horses that can go from walk to gait to canter & back again without any problems!

I bought my Rocky because they have a reputation for being the best all around gaited breed, but I have not had him long enough to know!

So the winner is TW because they come in so many shapes & sizes, and are so plentiful, eneryone should be able to find one that suits them. Plus you can buy a good one dirt cheap! Finally, they have such a kind and forgiving attitude! Very gentle and easy-going horses. I know many people that can load 3 stallions & a mare in a basic trailer and head to a show without any problems! You don't see that happening with too many other breeds!

I do love Morgans too, and have seen several be very successful in eventing, endurance, Dressage, driving and anything else you want to do with them. But the thing is, I don't think they are naturally gaited, it is more trained in. So I would choose a Morgan as a great all around horse, but not as the best gaited breed...
     
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    04-27-2012, 09:17 PM
  #12
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
I kind of got turned off to gaited horses when the Rocky that I rode a few times could not really canter. That bothered me. So, made me assume that all gaited horses could not canter. So, I AM wrong, aren't I?
Yes, you are wrong.
All gaited horses can canter, just like any other breed. However, many are encouraged not to canter.
Some think it interferes with gait ability, other people don't beleive this. Seems that a cantering or non-cantering gaited horse is more about who owns it and how they choose to ride it.

My TWH blew most "regular" horses outa the water in anything remotely resembling a race or contest. Very comfy canter at all different speeds.
     
    04-27-2012, 09:17 PM
  #13
Yearling
PS - I've never seen or ridden a MFT, they are not so common here. I'd love to try one sometime though!
     
    04-27-2012, 09:28 PM
  #14
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
But the thing is, I don't think they are naturally gaited, it is more trained in. So I would choose a Morgan as a great all around horse, but not as the best gaited breed...
That is what I thought about Morgans too. I mean I used to own and show them and never heard of them being gaited. But in a recent return to owning a gaited horse, my research turned up naturally gaited Morgans and the Appy Indian Shuffle. Both are rare but come by their gait as naturally as the other gaited breeds.
     
    04-27-2012, 09:50 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
That is what I thought about Morgans too. I mean I used to own and show them and never heard of them being gaited. But in a recent return to owning a gaited horse, my research turned up naturally gaited Morgans and the Appy Indian Shuffle. Both are rare but come by their gait as naturally as the other gaited breeds.
Yes, me too. I had a relative with a very successful stable full of "Park Morgans" which is I think what they are refering to as gaited. I just am not sure about how "natural" all that is. The park style Morgans move alot like a Saddlebred. IMO
     
    04-27-2012, 09:52 PM
  #16
Yearling
Sorry, I meant to add, I still don't think of them as a pure or only gaited breed.

Still would rank the Walkers as top gaited...well, maybe my beautiful RM gelding will change that...
     
    04-27-2012, 09:59 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Roy Rogers rode Trigger, a Tennessee Walking horse.

Elvis, owned walking horses.

Need I say more?
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    04-27-2012, 10:35 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by AnitaAnne    
Yes, me too. I had a relative with a very successful stable full of "Park Morgans" which is I think what they are refering to as gaited. I just am not sure about how "natural" all that is. The park style Morgans move alot like a Saddlebred. IMO
Yep, I used to think that too, but I'm not talking about Park Morgans.
Gaited Morgans that move like RMH with the traditional 1-2-3-4, or 1-2/3-4 gait. In some of the videos you can hear the distinctive footfall pattern (or the "pucka, pucka, pucka, pucka" pattern.)
From what I've been able to find, they seem to be more of the RHM/KMH gait and not the TWH gait.

As a Morgan fan (traditional Morgan, not park or harness style) I was very intrigued, but alas was not able to part with the asking prices for these types of Morgans.
Here are a few links and videos.
http://gaitedmorgansassociation.com/index.php
http://gaitedmorgans.com/
http://www.gaitedhorses.net/GaitedMorgan.shtml
     
    04-27-2012, 11:02 PM
  #19
Yearling
I'm sorry, I have a bit of the yuck factor fighting with the more reasonable side of my brain.

So, the one side says, jeez, another pure breed altered! But nothing in life stands still...in the "old days" all Morgans had to be either black or bay. Then came the chestnuts, so that was ok. But no excessive white, like QH rules...

But yes, as I get older, I see & hear of palomino, grey, etc. Other genes have definitely been introduced someway, into the registered lines. Sorry, my age is showing, it did not used to be that way.

So, then my other side says...the Morgan breed developed from 1 stallion to a variety of mares, and I have no idea when the stud book was closed. So, I know it is entirely likely that some gaited horses got mixed in.

So, you have "proved" there are some registered gaited Morgans, but I am still sad that there is so much variety.

It used to be that a person could look at a horse & know what breed it was, now Appys look like QH with spots, Morgans can gait & look like a mountain horse (in palomino no less!), heck there are even spotted Arabs!

So, it makes me sad...I mourn for the beautiful, short & stocky versitle solid-colored Morgan of my youth
     
    04-27-2012, 11:26 PM
  #20
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AnitaAnne-
Oh no, I’m sorry.
Like you, I remember the days of the solid bay Morgan and am still thrown for a loop at the palominos, greys, and other non-traditional colored Morgans. Really, I am.

My little dark bay mare was the stocky Justin Morgan powerhouse type and just the way I like them.
I had no idea about the gaited ones until I stumbled on them a few years ago. Would have never considered another Morgan otherwise because I was, and still am, not a fan of the “Saddlebred” Morgans.

Nothing against Saddlebreds at all, just not where I though Morgans should have ever gone, but that’s another rant all together.

Anyway, sorry to upset you, it was not my intention. (Hey, at least the gaited Morgans have normal feet… can‘t say the same for the Park Morgans.)

You wrote“ ….It used to be that a person could look at a horse & know what breed it was… “
Ain’t that the truth!
….” heck there are even spotted Arabs!”
You mean now there are little spotted trotting whirling dervishes that streak by you? That I have yet to see.

Also, is it just me or does it seems like half of what were called grades back then now have their own breed registries too?
     

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