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  • Do gaited horses buck less
  • Gated horses dont buck

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    10-08-2013, 11:34 AM
Good lord yes. We had a paso fino filly that had been abused, and that poor horse was hell on hooves. She could not only give a rodeo bronc a run for its money, that little critter had the most accurate hind legs I have ever encountered. 0.o
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    10-08-2013, 11:40 AM
Green Broke
Definitely. Any horse can buck: some just choose not to. ;)
    10-08-2013, 03:24 PM
Gaited horse can buck.

As a rule, many gaited breeds (particularly the North American ones) are less likely than a QH to do so and will not be quite so enthusiastic. I've have multiple opportunties to compare the two side by side and that's my observation.

On the other hand those same horses less to buck are more likely to rear. The more lateral their gait the more likely a rear is. I don't know why this is but it's my observation (many horses over many years).

    10-12-2013, 12:00 AM
Green Broke
My purebred Fox Trotter mare really doesn't buck......when she gets excited she sort of kicks out to the side. If I feel her getting excited but I keep her body straight I can keep her from activating the side kick. She does it with both hind legs at once, like a buck, but she doesn't drop her head like a horse will to buck. And (knock on wood) I have always been able to ride it out.

Now her 3 yr old son, who is 1/2 QH, likes to throw in a small buck under saddle here and there. But he rarely unseats me. It is more like something he does when he gets excited. Actually, I really hate it when he does that. But he is still very young and new to trails. He will drop his head when he bucks (but still nothing like what he does at liberty, man, he can BUCK at liberty!).

My Fox Trotter mare has never reared as long as I've owned her. The horses I've had that have been prone to rearing have been Arabians and stock horses.
    10-15-2013, 08:17 AM
    10-16-2013, 09:03 AM
That was funny! Also one of the worse examples of bucking I've ever seen. My Icelandic is the only gaited horse I've known to buck. I haven't heard of rearing, either, what I hear gaited people complain about is running away, especially the walkers. Had two walkers at my former barn who ran off with their owners a number of times. I remember one instance when the horse took off, rider fell, then the horse ran out of the arena and tried to go into the barn owner's house. Maybe it thought the open door was a box stall?
    10-21-2013, 01:37 PM
ROFLMAO! Can gaited horses buck? There's a reason I nicknamed my MFT 'Sit N Spin' when I got him. He had intimidated his previous owner by deciding he would rear, spin and buck on trail when he was ready to go home. We had some Come to Jesus moments and he became my best trail partner for over 20 years and I only had him buck with me once after that. Lost him last year at 30, and boy, did that horse make me smile. But yes, he definitely had the capability for all four feet to be off the ground at once.
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    10-21-2013, 03:40 PM
I watched a Paso basically throw a drunk into the next county, then ran over there and stepped on him a few times. Trust me, they can and will.
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    10-21-2013, 05:45 PM
Hey hey hey, no judging ALegUp. I'm not some novice rider who's ony been on a couple well mannered gaited horses. I've been on hundreds of ill mannered brats who were happy to rear but i've never seen one that had any talent at all for bucking.

I have only ever been around ONE gaited horse that could buck, a 23 year old TWH who after needing three weeks of stall rest was released by the vet to go back to being turned out for another two weeks before riding her again. She promptly took off in a fast gait, let out a huge buck and fell down, did a complete face plant, and flipped over onto her back. That is the only time i've seen a gaited horse buck,

SueNH, that's what i've seen a lot of gaited horses do, a sort of rearing spin. I've also been around a ton that bolted, a few that crow hopped, a few that kicked out but never one that could buck.

This little baby crow hop is about the worst i've ever seen a gaited horse do without face planting.

I've never said they couldn't just that I personally have never seen one buck.
    10-21-2013, 05:54 PM
They can buck, it can look and be pretty pitiful at times...I havent seen very many good bucks out of our TWH's ... I suspect also that is partly because of their general temperament because they can sure buck out in the fields lol.

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