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post #1 of 15 Old 02-12-2014, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Plantation walking horses

I saw a you tube video where the horse bobs head up and down.. Do they all do that? Are they smooth? Can someone send me a link how to see their website? Anyone have one?
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post #2 of 15 Old 02-13-2014, 06:53 AM
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Are you referring to a plantation shod horse? Most walkers will have so.e head nod when they are moving out, and yes most of them are smooth or at least are supposed to be.

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The "plantation horse" is a type or class of TWH, not a separate breed.

Most TWHs (and some other similar horses) will have a "head nod" as part of their way of going. This is very desirable in some circles and has been bred for. Some see it as an additional difficulty for the rider to accommodate and not very useful on the trail (or anywhere outside the show ring). So, name your poison!!!

There is another whole class and this is "Plantation Shod" horses. These tend to be shod with heavy shoes (up to 48 oz.). They are in many ways the "junior varsity" of the Big Lick horses and have many of the same issues.

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G is pretty well spot on, However something just occured to me. There is a Line of horses I believe they were called "McCurdy Plantation Horses". I'm not sure if Im remembering correctly or not. But, even so I believe they were just a "line" of walkers that was heavily linebred in a given area.

The plantation classes, are just a Heavy shod TWH.

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Yes, TWH's are comfortable. They have, really 6 gaits:
walk
trot
Running walk
Canter
pace
broken washing machine

The gaits underlined and in blue are the ones to avoid. =D
TWH's were bred to be ridden over long distances without rattling the bones of the rider, as are ALL gaited horses. The Plantation Walker may be a show classification, but these horses drop to the ground at birth and get up gaiting. They do not need any special shoeing or artificial mechanism to train them to be comfortable. They are related to Standardbreds and have a very choppy trot.

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yes that broken washing machine sucks. Hahaha.

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The post about the head going up and down sure sounds annoying if just for trail. Anyone have a nodding up and down horse tht is used just for trail?
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The post about the head going up and down sure sounds annoying if just for trail. Anyone have a nodding up and down horse tht is used just for trail?
Head nod comes with a properly gaiting TWH horse whether on the trail or in the show ring. It's just part of the physics of how they are put together. Show people to try and teach their horses to exaggerate their natural head movements.
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As far as I know, because of the movement of their shoulders/body, all TWHs head bob to some extent. I have ridden smooth and soft Walkers as well as powerful and hard hitting Walkers. It all depends on their breeding and how they're built. Personally I prefer a "glide-ride" and like it smooth and soft, which is what my boy does perfectly.

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Yes, TWH's are comfortable. They have, really 6 gaits:
walk
trot
Running walk
Canter
pace
broken washing machine

The gaits underlined and in blue are the ones to avoid. =D
TWH's were bred to be ridden over long distances without rattling the bones of the rider, as are ALL gaited horses. The Plantation Walker may be a show classification, but these horses drop to the ground at birth and get up gaiting. They do not need any special shoeing or artificial mechanism to train them to be comfortable. They are related to Standardbreds and have a very choppy trot.
Don't forget their beautiful flat walk, I could ride that all day....

Now the broken washing machine, thankfully I've never had to experience that on Rylen ( 4 yo TWH ).


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The post about the head going up and down sure sounds annoying if just for trail. Anyone have a nodding up and down horse tht is used just for trail?
I use Rylen on trail only. The head bob is not distracting, he moves without tugging on the reins but keeps soft contact with the bit. They just have to be taught to move/keep within the "confines" of the reins and not pull them out of your hands.

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