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post #11 of 21 Old 02-08-2012, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Yeap. made a special trip and everything. Spent months looking at various breeders. I'm not much of a horse person at the moment - love them, but I haven't trained one yet. I didn't feel comfortable with the thought, either. My friend and I researched a number of places and settled on this place in TX! I'm glad we did

The farm she was located with her trainers. Her breeders' location was never disclosed to me. I rode several other animals, both they they just trained and some they they raised and trained and I was very pleased with the lot.
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post #12 of 21 Old 02-08-2012, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm. prices on the Rocking R sadder are a touch out of my range at the moment.
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post #13 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 06:38 AM
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I think cloud9 called it an almost arab head. Maybe a better description would be a refined head or a feminine head? So many walkers have a straight profile.

Wait before buying a saddle. Window shop, sit in a few but wait until the horse is here. A good saddle is pricey. Even used ones. To have it not fit is a total bummer.

I own several saddles and even eyeballing things and thinking which ones will probably fit may not work. My mare was a mess when I got her. I expect her shape to change for months yet. At first I thought I nothing that I had was going to fit right. She was so thin that it looked like she had withers the size of the Alps. Now I'm looking and thinking all but one saddle are possibilities.

The one I don't think will fit was on a very round and heavily muscled QH. I think it will sit too far down onto her shoulders. Her withers look less high now and more part of a very powerful shoulder. With a few girth/strap changes I'm keeping my fingers crossed that the two saddles that fit my old gaited horse also fit her. They are also my lightest two western saddles. My mare is 16 hands and those couple inches make a difference at this point in my life hoisting things up.
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post #14 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 06:50 AM
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My gosh she's pretty! I'm excited for you and maybe a bit jealous. Hope to see pictures of her arrival in April.
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post #15 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 06:50 AM
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Wow what a pretty mare! Congratulations.
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post #16 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 07:23 AM
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Originally Posted by ModernThreat101 View Post
Her breeders' location was never disclosed to me.
The breeder's name and location will be on her registration papers

She is really drop-dead gorgeous. She looks to be liver chestnut like my senior TWH and is built a lot like him.

You do need to watch what and how much you feed her. Being naturally "stout" built. I'm sure she's an easy keeper.

Tennessee Walkers are on the predisposed list for metabolic issues; they can become Type II diabetics if not closely watched.

Please don't over-indulge in sweet treats like carrots and apples. She doesn't even need bagged feed with grain in it. A good ration balancer with vitamins/minerals in it, will keep her Miss America self healthy and happy
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post #17 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 08:24 AM
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Grass during it's rapid growth stage can founder a horse. It's the cooler nights and hotter days that account for this effect on the grass. Altho mine live on pasture they are always provided with hay that by this time is almost a year old. I find they will graze new grass briefly then go to the hay. This surprised me as I tho't they'd be greedy for the new grass and wouldn't touch the hay. I hand walked a horse in spring just to watch what he ate. This was out of his field. Lots of lovely new shoots coming up which he'd graze for maybe 5 minutes, then he'd head for the tall standing brown grass and eat it for about 20 min. We fence them off and they can't do this, that is why mine have hay year round.
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post #18 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 12:42 PM
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The only real suggestion I have as far as being shod is plain keg shoes. Just regular flat as can be shoes unless you are riding in the mountains then I would go with something with heal cocks or borium on them. Walkers need to be able to slide a little with their back feet which is why it's best to leave them barefooted but flat steel shoes work good too. The heel cocks or borium will get you grippage in the mountains and on rough terrain but are not that good if you are just ridding around arena or pastures.

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post #19 of 21 Old 02-09-2012, 01:07 PM
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As an current owner of two gaited (KMH) and a previous owner of TWH's and TWH crosses I can tell you that first, I would ride her with the bit that she is comfortable with at the moment. I never thought twice about purchasing a Walker bit for any of mine. I rode in snaffles and in the same low-port or mullen mouth bits that I used for my other horses, except that TWH's have a thick AND a wide face so you need a wider bit than a comparably height QH, for instance. Wide halter, too. I'm not fond of the Wonderbit bc it's a gag and IMO you train as mild as possible so that you can depend upon the training and not the bit.
Another thing I've learned is that training is the same for gaited as it is for non-gaited, just FYI.
If you're never ridden/owned gaited you will have a hard time riding a sitting trot from now on, LOL!! Also, gaited horses with good training will mostly not ever break to a trot while under saddle. HOWEVER, if your mare is in a bad mood while you're riding she may trot, pace or do the "broken washing machine" gait for you. And, gaited horses OFTEN trot during turnout. (MY horses live in my backyard, so I see it a lot.) THIS doesn't mean they need retraining, it's just that a trot is more secure when the footing is supbar, so they trot instead of gait.
She's a beauty--ENJOY!!!
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post #20 of 21 Old 02-13-2012, 11:22 AM
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As far as bits - the Robart's Walking Horse bit is less expensive than the Imus bit and (IMO) made much better. My TWH will go in a Walking Horse bit or snaffle, though most of the time he wears the TWH bit and goes on very light contact.

I've had some bad experiences with Imus' products and her attitude when the "issues" were brought up, so from this point on I wouldn't touch any of the products she markets with a twenty-foot pole. Long story short, I bought one of her bits. Less than two years later, it had developed a significant separation on both sides of the center ball of the mouthpiece and I was concerned it would pinch my horse's tongue (at best) or break apart entirely while I was riding. I expressed my concern and was told that horses are "hard on equipment" and shouldn't expect a bit to last more than a couple of years.

That explanation may satisfy a novice horse owner, who would just shrug it off, figure that Imus knows what she's talking about, and fork over another $70 for a new bit. . .but I've been in horses long enough to know better. There are bits in my box that are probably as old as I am and they're still in great shape. I've since learned that other people have had similar experiences with Imus products, and had similar response.

Just keep in mind that, in the horse world, whenever something has a clinician/trainer's name stamped on it, it's going to drive up the cost but not necessarily the quality of the product.

Like Corporal, I am not a fan of the Wonderbit. I know someone who rides their TWH in one and thinks it's great because of the way the horse carries its head. Sure, it looks fancy but the horse was always so "balled up" it never moved forward freely and barely even gaits anymore.

The kind of saddle you get depends on what kind of riding you plan on doing. I have a Tucker trail saddle (Cheyenne model) that I love and will probably keep forever. . .though I might saw the horn off. LOL. After years of riding in an English saddle, a horn just always seems in the way. I'm not out roping anything, I don't need the horn for anything, and it just kind of seems to get in the way. My boyfriend also owns a Tucker (Plantation style) and really likes it. They're quality saddles and hold up well. . .higher end of the price range, but you get your money's worth.

There's a lot of debate about "gaited horse saddles" and I've come to the conclusion that the best saddle for your gaited horse is the saddle that fits your horse and allows it to move comfortably. My personal preference is something with a round skirt, instead of a square skirt, because it keeps the back of the saddle clear of the hips when the horse is moving. I have one friend/trail buddy who rides exclusively in an old McClellan saddle. Another friend rides her TWH in an English saddle (again, doing trail). It's just personal preference.

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