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    05-13-2013, 01:03 AM
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Foal
Purchasing a Gaited Horse for the Trail!

Hi there.
I currently have a Kentucky Mountain Horse, and am looking to get an additional gaited trail horse. I am guessing it is best to purchase a horse from a private party, correct? I am really concerned about dealing with a "horse trader" who does not know or care for the horse properly. (I do know there are a few good ones, however.)

I am not asking for "horror stories", as I know that is not what this forum is all about! But if there are any positive reviews of a breeder/seller of gaited horses, or info on a company you trust, I am open to hearing them!

Additional note: because I don't trust horse trailering companies, I would be trailering the horse home myself. For this reason, I would prefer sticking to a state not too far from mine.... which is CO. Thanks!
     
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    05-13-2013, 08:05 AM
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Weanling
You have set a difficult task. CO is not a big state for gaited horses. And you wish to deal only with private sellers near to you. This not a recipe for quick success.

With any horse the buyer must do "due diligence." That means examining the horse, its bloodlines, its training, and its current condition. A PPE is helpful in this but not any sort of guarantee. If your eye and skills are good then use them. If not hire expertise you don't have.

It's likely you'll be expanding your horizons. Good luck in your search.

G.
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    05-13-2013, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by imagaitin    
Hi there.
I currently have a Kentucky Mountain Horse, and am looking to get an additional gaited trail horse. I am guessing it is best to purchase a horse from a private party, correct? I am really concerned about dealing with a "horse trader" who does not know or care for the horse properly. (I do know there are a few good ones, however.)

I am not asking for "horror stories", as I know that is not what this forum is all about! But if there are any positive reviews of a breeder/seller of gaited horses, or info on a company you trust, I am open to hearing them!

Additional note: because I don't trust horse trailering companies, I would be trailering the horse home myself. For this reason, I would prefer sticking to a state not too far from mine.... which is CO. Thanks!
Are you open to looking at other breeds of gated horses?

We purchased a lot of our Paso Fino tack from these people in OK and they are really good to work with. I have not been to or bought any horses from them. (We are in the Dominican Republic.) The site shows that they have nothing for sale at this time but no harm in calling Jan and talking.

As I said. Good People.

Welcome to Rancho del Rey Paso Fino Tack. Authentic Colombian Paso Fino Saddles, Tack and Hats for Show, Pleasure and Trail.
     
    05-13-2013, 11:10 AM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Guilherme    
You have set a difficult task. CO is not a big state for gaited horses. G.
Boy you aren't kidding. And once you get one, there is maybe 1 trainer that specializes in gaited breeds. So odd; gaited horses excel in trail riding (I don't think ANY other horse can even come close), and there are such incredible trails here.

No; I don't have to purchase here; I am just hoping for the western-to-southwestern states. Easier transport for the horse as well. Too many people I know have used transport services, only to have the poor animal be in the trailer for 2 weeks (can you imagine?) When the horse arrives, he is sickly, skinny, and he hates trailers. (Can't blame them.)

I guess I will just take my time, play it by ear, taking each situation/horse/seller at a time, and be very very careful.
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    05-13-2013, 11:18 AM
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Are you open to looking at other breeds of gated horses?

We purchased a lot of our Paso Fino tack from these people in OK and they are really good to work with.
Sereno -
Yes; Paso are incredible horses. They move like little engines! But... in my case, I prefer a Walker or Trotter as I am looking for a horse of minimum 16 hands; big beefy guy. I am tall; my husband is very tall. Not necessary I know; just a preference.

Another fabulous trail horse is an Icy. Quite a few of my friends have them, and my KMH has a tough time going where they can go. Mountain goats they are! But wonderful, sweet, and very smart.
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    05-13-2013, 11:31 AM
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Green Broke
I think you would be well served looking for reputable shipper reviews. There are good ones that take very good care of your horses, you will pay a bit more as they usually only carry a couple horses at a time. Ky Tn VA, market is flooded with Walkers. Really nice horses in the 1000-2000 range. Get a PPE, and try to ride the horse, or at least have a friend ride the horse. Traders/private sellers are just as likely, or unlikely to be crooked and misrepresent horses.

If I was buying a walker sight unseen is Mo too far ? Contact keith kiebler, his horses will be sound all day long, have online endurance records you can look up and know the horse can cover 50 to 100 miles and pass mutiple vet checks. Plus he is a really knowledgeable guy. Also serves as a new riders endurance mentor as well as a valuable source of info for gaited endurance. If you talked to him and he said XYZ horse would meet your needs Id believe him, Shawnee Sunrise Farm
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    05-13-2013, 12:15 PM
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Foal
Joe4d -
Thanks for your input and info. No; MO is not too far. I will check the site out!

Thanks again -
     
    05-13-2013, 12:29 PM
  #8
Weanling
I know Keith Kiebler. He is in Illinois, southeast of Marion, IL. He is honest and reputable. My only caution would be, Keith rides fast. Obviously, for competitive riding. As such, you may not find his horses have the slow gait you may want for pleasure trail.

Finding a large, smooth gaited horse for trail is really tough. The TWH probably have more size to pick from, BUT, that's the last breed I'd look for in a trail horse. IMO, they have totally ruined this breed for pleasure trail, they are breeding for pace, in order to get the big lick horses. YES, there are a few pleasure breeders, but they are like finding hens teeth in a hay stack.

I'd look for the horses with a rack as their signature gait. Like the KMH, the Rockies, or the just simple no breed racking horses. My best gaited horses are of no particular breed, they just do it. I put absolutely no faith in a vet check, or any other professional checks, when it comes to having a smooth gait and naturally gaited. I prefer to have someone that rides gaited horses a lot(not necessarily a trainer) ride the horse for you, if it's too far to travel for a look see.

I'd also be very careful buying a horse that has been ridden a lot lately. Many gaited horses are smooth now, but after a lay off for the winter, or whatever, are not natually gaited enough to keep their gait.

If you can find a horse with some Cupid's Arrow blood(single footer/rack) some of them are large. I have a Cupid Arrow son that is 16.2 hds. That tends to be a trait of these horses. There was an EZD's Big Mac son for sale that was about 16 hds. EZD's Big Mac is a son of Cupid's Arrow. Most all of these horses are very naturally gaited.

Here's a picture of a 16.2 hd, Cupid's Arrrow son, out of a McCurdy mare.









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    05-13-2013, 12:43 PM
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Yearling
I have a couple of Icy's for sale. I'm in NV. PM me if you would like info.
     
    05-13-2013, 01:08 PM
  #10
Green Broke
Bob, you should provide a link to the McCurdy's if you're going to reference them

The McCurdy Plantation Horse

There are horses for sale on this link but if the OP Googles "McCurdy Walkers", a few others will come up.

Also, I know of three TWH breeders that breed strictly for pleasure, well I did know three, not sure the one that bred my 17 yr old is still in business.

My most athletic and toughest trail horse, who happens to perform that champagne smooth running walk comes from show stock But he's 19

Bob says look at the papers, but I respectfully disagree, where trail riding is concerned. I own three registered TWH's and refused to look at their papers until AFTER I decided I was buying them.

When "on the hunt" for all three of them, there were at least 50 people total that wanted to shove papers under my nose. I refused them all and looked at the horse first, its gait second - just like grandad had taught me.

I have all geldings and yes the papers do help me understand certain personality quirks in each horse but, that only works if a person is interested in who their horse is. Papers are also a lot of fun to discuss with other TWH owners but, IMHO worthless when it comes to picking a trail horse.
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