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.
Originally Posted by Corporal
Yes, TWH's are comfortable. They have, really 6 gaits:
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 ).
Originally Posted by luke4275
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.