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post #1 of 30 Old 06-26-2010, 06:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thinking about a gaited

Getting older and not doing cowy things, I have been thinking about getting a gaited horse vs my quarters. I trail, do parades, play at gymkhana. Any suggestions? P.S. Must be a grandkid friendly breed!
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Getting older and not doing cowy things, I have been thinking about getting a gaited horse vs my quarters. I trail, do parades, play at gymkhana. Any suggestions? P.S. Must be a grandkid friendly breed!
After riding quarter horses my early life, I found that I was in pain after few hours under saddle due to an old neck injury. Rather than give up riding, I tried a gaited horse and have not turned back. Over the past 20 years, we have owned walkers, fox trotters and a paso and were happy with all of them for different reasons but, as we were looking for a horse that would do it all, we took a good look at the Rocky/Kentucky Mountain gaited horse breed and found that they suited us best. They are a naturally smooth, agile, and even disposition breed. They are wonderful with children. We use them for parades, bird dog field trails, rounding up cattle, showing and trail riding - you name it and they will do it well. I can highly recommend.
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I , second the motion on the mountain gaited breed (Rocky & Kentucky Mountain horses both originate from Kentucky where they were bred to travel long distances across the mountains). The first time I rode one, I laughed - it was so fun to be traveling without a bounce. The breed is attactive for parades due to the known calmness of the breed + the signature colors which are a striking dark chocolate or red with blond mane and tail. This is a unique breed but plenty of selection. Be sure to go to a reputable breeder and/or get the advice of someone who knows gaits since it is new to you. Ride lots of different varieties and have fun learning about the pleasure of a gaited horse.
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Quite honestly almost any gaited breed is known for their even disposition and versatility. Of course, they're all different and have different ways of moving. Some are slower with silky smooth gaits and some are faster with more animated movement. I work with Rocky/Kentucky Mountain horses and they ARE an unbelievable breed, but I am sure all the TWH, MFT, SSH, Paso Fino, and Peruvian Paso owners will say the same,lol. They are all good with kids for the most part, even tempered, willing people oriented horses. A few things that might help you make your decision: Size. Rocky/Kentucky Mountain horses tend to be a medium size, between 14.2 and 16 hh on average. I think TWHs tend to be taller, and Paso/Peruvians tend to be a bit smaller than the Rocky/Kentuckys.
Movement: I've never ridden a Paso/Peruvian but from watchng them they seem to move their legs pretty quickly and be very smooth, but they don't cover as much ground. TWH have a nice ground eating run walk, but its different than the Rocky/Kentuckys which do a "saddle" rack.

Something I would warn you against is going for color. As with any animal there are breeders out there that go strictly on color and don't worry about conformation, temperament, or gait so keep an eye out for that. Familiarize yourself with the ideal conformation for a gaited horse(whichever breed you decide on) and go from there. And there are other gaited breeds that aren't as well known and I have no experience with, but are most definitely worth looking into!
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Thanks. I will look in the valley to see if I can find a Rocky Mountain stable/breeder. I am going to the coast to visit a Paso breeder/trainer's facility. But since it is 105 here today, I am heading to the mountains when summer school is out to do some cross country on my quarter!
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I have to put in a word for my Tennessee Walkers ;) They are awesome! I did have a horse that was a TWH x Rocky Mt cross. I still regret that I sold him, he was a really good horse. I trail ride only though, so I wouldn't know about competing or showing.
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Thanks for the info. We have a couple of parade members that have TW but they are quite narrow in the chest (especially beside my Qtr!!!). Is this a trait or maybe these are not good conformation examples?
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Every horse is unique but in general we began looking at moutain horses because they had the conformation and heads that we liked in quarter horses we owed. We decided on them for the gait, agility, temperament and sure footedness on the trail. But you can find good and bad examples in every breed so take your time when selecting your next trail buddy.
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Biased toward my quarter horse, I like what I have seen as far as head and conformation of the moutain horses. And there are some great deals to be found - let me know what you think of this one I am interested in - sales088
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We have a Spotted Saddle who is built nice and big like a QH. Just like QH you find em big, you find em small. I love TWH's for the versatility and the gaits.

Heres a pic of "Scooter" to show you his size. BTW he is a bit chunky and only stands around 14.3
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