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    08-24-2011, 01:32 PM
Please help me decide...

Hi everyone. You can read my long intro in the introduction forum. LOL I hurt my back at work last year and was told by the doctor that I would not be able to ride a horse or my motorcycle amoung many other things any more. Well a friend suggested a gaited horse and for the last several months I have been researching all the breeds yesterday I had a dr appointment and I explained to the dr the difference between a gaited/nongaited horse and he gave me the ok for the gaited horse due to little or no bounceing. Now I need you guys to help me decide what breed is the smoothest ride. I have rode a TW/QH mix before that had the TW gait and it was really nice and smooth but then I have read lots of things on others breeds that say they are even smoother but I have not had the chance to try them out. I relize it maybe something that I may just have to try them all out for myself but if you guys can give me pros/cons of any you have rode/owned before I would appreciate it. It will still be a couple months before I settle with the insurance company and will be ready to purchase which ever I go with so I still have time to do more research. Thanks again for all your help.
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    08-24-2011, 02:08 PM
You'll have to get a very well-trained gaited horse. Remember that many horses WILL break into a pace when ridden incorrectly for their training, and will be like riding a jackhammer and will be more rough then any trot.

For smoothness, I prefer a rack to a walk. Racking Horse, Rocky Mountain, Spotted Saddle Horses, Tennessee Walking Horses.. many of these can produce a rack.

You'll have to try individual horses, as opposed to breeds.
    08-24-2011, 02:24 PM
Thank you I will be sure to try each horse regardless of breed before I buy.
    08-24-2011, 04:15 PM
It will really depend on your back injury and what motion it can take. Each gaited breed moves differently which in turn will impact how your back moves as you ride.

I think it's going to take you trying out a breed at a time until you find one your back is comfortable with. But there is also variation within breeds so you might want to try more then one of each breed. Once you find one, lessons will be your freind.
    08-24-2011, 04:22 PM
Don't rule out any gaited breed. My dad has a bad back and rides walkers and Spotted Saddle horses. Even know he wants a Paso Fino or a Rocky Mountain. Try different horses in each breed. Each horse gaits a little different
    08-24-2011, 04:23 PM
Ok so just go out there and ride and ride and ride until I find the perfect fit for me. What we have most around here are TW and there is also a nice little Rocky Mountain for sell at one of the local stables so I quess I will start my search with those two and go from there.
    08-24-2011, 05:40 PM
One more thing are there certain breeds of gaited that are more sure footed than others? Or is this a horse by horse thing to? I plan on doing alot of trail rideing that why I ask.
    08-24-2011, 05:48 PM
Although I am a die hard walker lover there is nothing quite like the smoothness of a paso. I was fortunate enough to get to try out the Peruvian champion of a show that I went to years ago. A gerund of a friend was the owner if the horse and met up with us in the warmup arena after the show and he was unforgettable. It was like flying. Now I'm sure they arnt all that great he was well bred and trained but I will never forget him.
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    08-24-2011, 05:57 PM
I bet that was an awsome experiance.
    08-24-2011, 06:07 PM
I have a Missouri Foxtrotter, and she rides very smooth, as stated previously it will depend on what you prefer. Also, the HOrse will have to be trained, also as stated before. Good Luck , Missouri Foxtrotters will cover a lot of Ground if you will be using her as a Trail Horse, they are also surefooted and have a calm temperament. :))

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