LoL, Clouds, I know you are not anti-walker...but I have to admit that when I read your initial post I bristled up a little. All that having been cleared up, I just want to put a couple videos in to show why I
think walkers are special...
The first is a video of a quarter horse trotting. The second is a barefoot TWH (not)trotting - i.e., running walk.
AND, let it be made really clear that I am NOT anti-quarter horse.
I actually just bought one, and she is AWESOME. I love her and my walker both. Actually, I ride them both about equally. But where the QH has some really strong points, Annie (the TWH) does too...lol, namely the fact that I can sit on her and not work. Some people complain about this in regard to walkers, but being a fairly lazy person, I enjoy it.
What I'm getting at here is a very rudimentary "shout out" to the absolute natural smoothness of a barefoot
walker. I think it's one of the coolest things ever. But yes, when you compare it to a Saddlebred (which happens to be one of my "dream breeds" to own), the gait is less flashy, when comparing the natural
forms of the breeds.
Anyways, on to the vids...my point here, to non-gaited people, is to watch how much work (or NOT work) the rider does on each horse...it's subtle, but you can certainly see it. And that, I guess, is what I'm getting at...in my opinion, a TWH's true talent lies in its subtle differences, not in how flashy (a.k.a. silly) it looks with giant pads on. YouTube - Big Red- 16h Appendix Quarter Horse Trotting YouTube - All Natural Tennessee Walking Horse Gelding BAREFOOT