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post #21 of 29 Old 10-21-2013, 08:09 PM
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Wow, not judging at all. Nothing I said was meant as a slight towards you, at all. It truly wasn't. Sorry if it was interpreted that way.

I honestly was just laughing at the thought of my old man in some of his early moments.
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^ Good to know. I misinterpreted the laugh at the beginning as condescending, i'm glad to know it wasn't.
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post #23 of 29 Old 10-26-2013, 04:25 PM
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I have a hackney pony that we ride who really cannot buck (or he chooses not to). He does do a little rocking horse min buck in motion when really fresh, but has never let out a big buck in the 10 years I have had him. He can literally stand straight up, though, and does that very well ;) he also has a great spook and spin on him and can drop a shoulder while in a full gallop. He is not for the faint of heart, but he does not buck - lol. On the toehr hand, when he likes his rider, he is fantastic. Has shown and won in driving, pony jumpers and hunter equitation. He wont win in the pony hunters, but is just starting a career in western and it took him 1 day to figure out a jog. I love this little gaited guy :)
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i have a hackney pony that we ride who really cannot buck (or he chooses not to). He does do a little rocking horse min buck in motion when really fresh, but has never let out a big buck in the 10 years I have had him. He can literally stand straight up, though, and does that very well ;) he also has a great spook and spin on him and can drop a shoulder while in a full gallop. He is not for the faint of heart, but he does not buck - lol. On the toehr hand, when he likes his rider, he is fantastic. Has shown and won in driving, pony jumpers and hunter equitation. He wont win in the pony hunters, but is just starting a career in western and it took him 1 day to figure out a jog. I love this little gaited guy :)

Hackney ponies are gaited? I never knew. :) I assume he racks?
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Well, I was out on my Paso stallion waiting for a friend to join me for a ride-there was a large piece of cardboard-I thought it would be a good idea to step over it for training purposes-well, his back foot caught it & it hit him in the belly (or maybe his privates) & Wow! Did we have a rodeo! I was dumped, but a passing motorist stopped & we followed him to a driveway that he ducked down. I got back on & we did have a good ride after I apologized to him-it was totally my fault! I did usually lunge him before a ride & he would usually throw in a buck or two just to hear me laugh!
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post #26 of 29 Old 10-27-2013, 01:17 AM
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Hackney ponies are gaited? I never knew. :) I assume he racks?
Hackneys are not gaited. They are the ultimate trotting machines. I will agree with the "stands up very well" part.
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post #27 of 29 Old 12-02-2013, 10:01 PM
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Everyone that rode my young Rocky Mountain horse, including several trainers, all said "he's so sweet and mellow, he'll never buck". Except, he did buck me off at the canter on trail recently. So the answer is YES. Gaited horses are HORSES first and foremost and do all the same things other horses do.
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post #28 of 29 Old 12-07-2013, 12:31 PM
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They sure can.
And rear, and crow hop and just generally go nuts.

But most gaited horses tend to be very chill, easy going, willing to just go with the flow.

My TWH mare takes to feelin' good when the temperature drops and at any given time you can catch her flying through the pasture at full gallop, kicking and bucking the whole time. She took a spell the other day and set to rearing straight up, kicking out, bucking, screaming every breath. She's good at it too.
She has never tried her luck at bucking with me. There have been times when I could feel her setting herself up for it (again, when it's cold out or she's just generally amped up) but she's always thought better of it in the end.
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post #29 of 29 Old 12-08-2013, 09:53 PM
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First of all, there are NO dumb questions!

And secondly, if gaited horses can't buck, I wish someone would tell my Kentucky Mountain Horse. He bucks if I ask for a controlled canter. He can bolt just fine, thank you, but controlled nice canter? He would rather not.

But I love him………...
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