Need a companion for a lonely colt....

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    06-01-2013, 11:29 AM
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!
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    06-01-2013, 12:25 PM
Green Broke
I think you will have to look at each horse's individual merits before making your decision. There's many possibilities and in the end I think it will come down to what clicks for you and your family.

In broad generalized terms, though: You probably would want a horse a bit older than the 5 to 8 year range - perhaps in the 10 to 15 year range. This gives you a better chance of seeing an experienced, been there done that kind of horse for the green rider. Either mare or gelding would be good if they meet your seasoned horse criteria. Breed wise, just note that some of the gaited horses apparently like to move out as in travel fast when they're gaiting. This doesn't make them unsafe but it may be unnerving for the green rider. I, by the way, own a Missouri Foxtrotter who was purchased with my husband in mind (green rider, bad back) -- I am extremely pleased with her which makes me a little biased towards that breed.

If there any horse rescues in your area, perhaps you might want to check them out. They may be able to provide you with a temporary companion until you make your purchase or you may find somebody there, whether gaited or not, that fits your requirements.

Best of luck in your search. Pictures of both your yearling and the newbie would be welcomed.
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    06-01-2013, 12:53 PM
Thank you for the reply Chevaux. Perhaps I should be looking for one that's older. I was thinking a younger one might be better for the colt. But the safety of my wife with an older more experienced horse is more important. I live in Missouri so hopefully I can find a gaited horse. :)
    06-01-2013, 01:41 PM
Are you just looking for someone to hang out with him until he's old enough to ride, or are you looking for something to pony him off of on the trails?
    06-01-2013, 01:56 PM
Something to pony him off of preferably.
    06-01-2013, 01:59 PM
Originally Posted by dbr549    
Something to pony him off of preferably.

At this stage, any been there done that trail horse would be great. Are you planning on using this gaited baby as a gaited horse? Have you seen him gait yet? He may not even be gaited, so I would just go with something you like, and is dependable! Don't worry about finding "a good match" for him, because IMO that's irrelevant unless you are planning on doing nothing but riding with like-gaited horses.
    06-01-2013, 02:51 PM
I think the first thing to do, is to see if he is actually gaited. Not all horses gait, even if their parants or one parent does. Have someone watch him move, so you will be able to know.

Also, not all gaited horses are born that way. Some - as in the American Saddlebreds, are trained to do so. You say he is a Paint. Do you mean that he is a spotted horse? 'Paint' is a breed, in which case if indeed he is a true Paint, he is most likely not gaited. If he is a spotted horse of two colours, without a known background, he could even be a spotted Saddlebred. In this case unless registered, he is a pinto.

While sometimes it is difficult for non gaited horses to keep up with gaited horses, most do just fine in mixed company. And remember, it will be several years before anyone can actually ride your boy.

Remember also, that there are many different types of 'gaits', if your boy is indeed gaited. My old Foxtrotter stallion was ridden hundreds of times with non gaited other breeds, with no problems.

Can you show us a picture of your boy? Maybe it would give us an idea of what breed he might be or have in his background. A movie of him moving, would be better yet. We might be able to tell you from his movement, exactly what gait he does - if at all.

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    06-02-2013, 11:02 AM
Here are a couple of pics of him playing with his ball. I hope this helps. I'll look for a video......can you upload video's here??
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    06-02-2013, 01:28 PM
Well he's certainly not gaiting in the pics. How tall is he? He looks quite leggy. Have you a proper conformation shot of him by chance? A profile, standing four-square?

Looks like happy boy, playing with his ball.

    06-02-2013, 06:38 PM
Not a proper shot but the best I can get at the time. He's 13 months old and measured 14.2 a couple of weeks ago. Do gaits come naturally or are they taught??

Hope these pics help! Thank you so much for your time!!
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