What great pictures! A good-looking bunch of gaited horses
These were all taken in October, 2007:
Duke is now 21 and metabolic. He has been my riding bud for 18 years. He is, without question, the most fearless and self-confident horse I have ever owned. He once "cold-stared-down" a female llama on an organized ride and won. He has had idiot semi drivers let off their jake brake right beside him and never flicked an ear, slid down rock hills in Southern California, but his favorite thing in life is to get dolled up for parades. All that hand-clapping is for him and him alone --- he's just sure of it.
Rusty is now 14-1/2 and is my best "down and dirty" trail horse. The rougher the trail the happier he is. Rusty loves to swim. If he sees a body of water big enough to swim & splash in, I need to be hanging on because he's headed straight for it. Rusty is my best natural athlete.
Joker is now 12. He is a point-him-and-he-goes horse on the trails. Joker is last in the pecking order of four and is very laid back. Likes to talk a lot and give huge hugs with his Big Ole "50 pound head". My fourth horse is an Arab I rescued 15-1/2 years ago. He still does a beautiful "Arab float", but doesn't gait so I left him off the thread.