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post #11 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 09:47 AM
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Overpriced IMO. You can't ride color and you don't know what the baby is going to be.

Guilherme, the ad states she is 15
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post #12 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 12:07 PM
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How do they know what breed she is if she is not reg? Does not look like a SSH to me. As far as looks most gaited horses are not that attractive standing still so don't go by that. It is important that you be able to tell when they are gaiting properly and not so cueing is important but it could be as little as a change in rein hiegth that could change from a trot to a gate. If it is calm, healthy, smooth and well broke it is well worth that price. If you are trail riding your do not need papers
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post #13 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 02:35 PM
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she can be double registered under the twhbea or sshbea. When you have a walker that is spotted it is considered a ssh also.

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post #14 of 27 Old 12-25-2010, 08:52 PM
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I would get her, especially if you can talk them down to get a real bargain. I would ask for a video of her gaiting though and show it to a knowledeable person. People can mistake a stepping pace for a running walk and you need to make sure she does the running walk (or rack whatever she does). If the back foot hits the ground a split second before the front foot, then it's a stepping pace.

When you ride, all you do is ask to speed up (cluck) and they should go. That's how mine is trained anyways, no special cues. The gait should be smooth with a feeling of gliding on air. You should be able to feel her push with her back end and pull with her front end. If she has a good head nod (up and down) then she is doing a running walk, which is usually a slower gait. If she swings her head (side to side) it's a saddle rack, which tends to be faster than the running walk.

Let me know if you want more info. :)

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post #15 of 27 Old 12-26-2010, 08:58 AM
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she can be double registered under the twhbea or sshbea. When you have a walker that is spotted it is considered a ssh also.
Did TWHBEA change their rules?

This mare is a grade mare, meaning no papers. The last I was aware of, TWHBEA has never accepted a horse into their registry unless papers can be produced on it and its parents

Setting all this aside, the mare is a nice looking mare and if the OP has fallen in love, then the mare is worth the asking price whether she gaits or not.

We all know we pay more for something we just can't live without if the feelings are right

Many years ago I paid more than double the going rate for a gaited horse because I fell in love with him the moment our eyes met when he came off the trailer. He was a coming three year old, is now 23 and is still my "It" horse
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Did TWHBEA change their rules?

This mare is a grade mare, meaning no papers. The last I was aware of, TWHBEA has never accepted a horse into their registry unless papers can be produced on it and its parents

Setting all this aside, the mare is a nice looking mare and if the OP has fallen in love, then the mare is worth the asking price whether she gaits or not.

We all know we pay more for something we just can't live without if the feelings are right

Many years ago I paid more than double the going rate for a gaited horse because I fell in love with him the moment our eyes met when he came off the trailer. He was a coming three year old, is now 23 and is still my "It" horse
There was a time when a Walker could be registered upon inspection and demonstrated performance, but that time passed at least several decades past.

IIRC the SSH and Racking Horse registries will accept horses based upon performance and inspection.

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post #17 of 27 Old 12-26-2010, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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I will be emailing the current owners in the next day or two but as of right now I'm not too concerned about whether she's a "grade" or registered... I won't be showing her or her baby, nor am I planning on selling her or her baby.

We will be using her as a pleasure horse only and, given her age, she will probably be retired in the near future depending of course on how sound she stays.

I will most definitely get the current owner to ride her for me when we go look at her and then I'll ride her as well once I'm sure she's safe that is. I'm hoping that she is just as calm as they say she is. I'll be able to tell pretty much right away once I see her in person and being ridden. I will also be getting a vet to check her over before any sale is finalized.

Anyways, I appreciate all the advice and information that y'all have posted as it helps a lot to get other's opinions.
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post #18 of 27 Old 12-28-2010, 12:36 AM
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Have you rode this horse? Not all SSH are gaited, heck not even all horses that should be gaited are gaited. Even if it is gaited does not mean a nice smooth gait. I ahve been looking for a nice gaited horse for my wife and I have been riding several, TWH, SSH, RMH and MPH and some of them are very rough riding.....
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post #19 of 27 Old 12-28-2010, 06:52 AM
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Spotted Saddle Horse info plz.

As someone said earlier color or papers don't ride. Go test her out and if she is sound and sensible then buy her, you're getting two for the price of one and there's nothing more satisfying than raising and training a colt. Good luck.
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post #20 of 27 Old 12-28-2010, 08:21 AM
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We will be using her as a pleasure horse only and, given her age, she will probably be retired in the near future depending of course on how sound she stays.
If she is 15, she's got at least ten more years of good riding in her as long as her health holds out

My Arab/Saddlebred was 25, the last major trail ride I took him on. He started and finished up front on an all day ride - not because I made him but he because that's where he wanted to be and had the energy to be.

The horse in my avatar is my "It" horse in my above post. While he may not look gaited to some he a registered Tennessee Walker. I was once asked how I taught that Quarter Horse to gait and a few folks thought he was a gaited Morgan.

He is now 23 and insulin resistant. He is still very ridable but because of the disease wears out faster and therefore our days of hard trail riding and doing organized rides are over. He can, however, still go in parades and ride the trails as long as we ride them at our pace and don't stay out more than a few hours at a time

Kudos to you for knowing you will keep not only the mare but the foal, if you do end up making the purchase

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