Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Southern California
Thanks for your responses. Sorry I didn't get back to this thread for awhile.
Update: Last month I put down my SSH who had Wobbler's Syndrome. :( So sad to see him go, he was an excellent trail horse, but there's not much you can do for it. And since Wobbler's horses fall a lot, putting him in a pasture was not an option.
I bought an Icelandic a couple of weeks ago! I'll put pictures of both horses in the Gaited Breeds Pics section (if I can figure out how). He's older than I wanted, 14 years, but I'm not young either. :) I was actually looking at any gaited horse who fit my criteria, then a friend saw an ad for Schmalztoph Icelandic farm which is no longer breeding and selling off their horses (might still have some left, look up the farm if you are interested), so they were going for low prices. It's the only way I could have afforded one. BTW, I've learned by trying other icelandics that they also are taught to go faster with more pressure on the reins. Had to turn a couple of the into the fence to get them to stop. Strange thing to train, IMO.
BTW, I think there was some confusion about gaiting. Some people who were kind enough to respond thought I was the reason the horses weren't gaiting. Most gaited horses do not gait, so I was trying out horses who had paced their entire lives. This is why I was only getting a few gaiting steps out of these horses, it would take time to build up the muscle to hold the gait for a distance.