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post #11 of 22 Old 12-05-2011, 07:18 PM Thread Starter
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I am taking him on my our first trailride this weekend...will be with another walker though but atleast I can see if he is content to just dog walk or if he will want to be in his gait.
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post #12 of 22 Old 12-05-2011, 07:27 PM
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whats wrong with being in his gait ? Thats what he is supposed to do
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post #13 of 22 Old 12-05-2011, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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It is much easier to stay with the QH I will be riding with if he is not in his gait. Mine will be the only walker at the barn and I want to beable to ride with others
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post #14 of 22 Old 12-05-2011, 09:40 PM
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It is much easier to stay with the QH I will be riding with if he is not in his gait. Mine will be the only walker at the barn and I want to beable to ride with others
There's no reason why a Walker (or any other gaited horse) can't rate their speed to stay with other horses. Or maybe not stay with them. It's up to the rider to decide the speed, not the horse.

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post #15 of 22 Old 12-05-2011, 11:17 PM
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There's no reason why a Walker (or any other gaited horse) can't rate their speed to stay with other horses. Or maybe not stay with them. It's up to the rider to decide the speed, not the horse.

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Trust me, there are walkers out there that just can't go that slow. It has nothing to do with training and everything to do with how they are physically put together. I have one that while dog walking will still out walk 90% of the horses out there. But then there's only been one walker that could keep up with him when he goes full out and that was his sister before she got hurt.

My other walker is the one that can go slow enough for that 50% figure I gave earlier.
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post #16 of 22 Old 12-06-2011, 07:31 AM
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Trust me, there are walkers out there that just can't go that slow. It has nothing to do with training and everything to do with how they are physically put together. I have one that while dog walking will still out walk 90% of the horses out there.
That pretty much sums up the powerhouse in my post above.

I retired him, undefeated from neighborhood gaiting races at age 16. Most everyone he came up against was close to 16H and they couldn't touch him.

Howeverrr, a handsome 16H, equally as fiercely competitive, Strawberry Roan speed racker came to town and he was only around seven. He also was undefeated.

It's safe to say I retired 14.3H Duke, undefeated, at age 16 before they could meet on the drag strip I know that's ugly but---------------
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post #17 of 22 Old 12-07-2011, 10:40 AM
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Is staying with the QH's that important? I usually get a few hundred yards in front of the QH's and then stop and wait on them. That smooth Cadillac ride is what I'm after, and the fact that the horse walks with a sense of purpose rather than that slow lollygagging lackadaisical stroll makes it all the better IMO. My wife won't ride her.....she knows she'll like it, and doesn't want to give up her QH because she likes it to much..... I keep telling her.....sooner or later, you'll want that Cadillac ride!
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post #18 of 22 Old 12-07-2011, 01:14 PM
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Trust me, there are walkers out there that just can't go that slow. It has nothing to do with training and everything to do with how they are physically put together. I have one that while dog walking will still out walk 90% of the horses out there. But then there's only been one walker that could keep up with him when he goes full out and that was his sister before she got hurt.

My other walker is the one that can go slow enough for that 50% figure I gave earlier.

Sorry, can't do it.

As the rider I determine the speed of the horse. Just as I determine direction, start and stop time, rest breaks, etc.

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Sorry, can't do it.

As the rider I determine the speed of the horse. Just as I determine direction, start and stop time, rest breaks, etc.

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All I can say to that is get a truly motored TWH then try and train it to walk at the same speed as a western pleasure QH. You're going to find it is harder then you think. All horses are not created the same.

EDIT: I should add, do you know what TWH were developed to do in the first place? If you don't, read up on their history and that will help explain why they cover so much ground, they were purposely bread for it.

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All I can say to that is get a truly motored TWH then try and train it to walk at the same speed as a western pleasure QH. You're going to find it is harder then you think. All horses are not created the same.

EDIT: I should add, do you know what TWH were developed to do in the first place? If you don't, read up on their history and that will help explain why they cover so much ground, they were purposely bread for it.
Indeed I do know what the TWH was developed for. And it changes nothing.

You control the horse or the horse controls you. There is no middle ground.

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