Need a companion for a lonely colt....
I have 1 year old paint colt. I was told that his mother was gaited and that he should be too. I’ve never owned a gaited horse before only quarter horses. Well this little guy lost his mom when he was 5 months and then his older friend (neighbors horse) a couple of months ago and is all by himself in a pasture. I’d like to get another companion horse for him, one that would be a good match for trail riding with him. But only knowing “that he should be gaited”, I have little knowledge to match up a trail companion. I’ve been looking into TWH, MFT, Rocky Mountain, etc. but I just not sure what I should purchase. Any suggestions?
Also, would it be better to buy a mare or gelding?? Does it really matter? I was thinking about one around 5-8 years old, kid safe and great for a beginner (my wife, so we can trail ride together). I was thinking a mare might be better for this colt to keep him more in line. He’s just been castrated but has that nipping colt behavior going on.
So I guess what I’m asking is, what should I be looking to purchase? Mare or gelding? Breed of “gaited horse”? I know he’s pretty lonely and I’d like to do something for him now. Any suggested would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!