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post #11 of 30 Old 06-29-2010, 11:26 PM
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My Paso Fino is the perfect horse. Smoothest gait, best personality, intelligent, kid-safe, fast when they have to'll never regret buying one. I've also heard good things about Tennessee Walkers.
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post #12 of 30 Old 06-29-2010, 11:51 PM
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Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, or Peruvian Horse (NOT The same as Peruvian Paso) would be what I recomend. I have owned three over the years....but th eone I have th emost memorable experience with was my boy Rico.

Mom had back surgery last year and at the time she had a mare that had bad gaits.....and none of the horses I had were much better. She wasn't about to stop riding, so as an alternative I bought a little Peruvian Horse gelding from my trainer for cheap. He was only $500, a little bit younger, but he was bombproof, trustworthy, and the smoothest ride I have ever felt.

First thing yu need to know when getting one of those three breeds is that they do pine or their previous owners. For the first week or so they will most likely not want to be around you, nor will they be easy to love. They will do what you ask but their heart won't much be in it until later. When I bought Rico, I thought about trading him for something more friendly but couldn't find anything in the price range. So I waited, and about two weeks after we brought him home he started nickering to me, getting excited to see me, and we had a real bond even though Mom was his primary rider.

The next thing you need to know is that they will take some getting used to. After riding my reiners and cowhorses I really was kind of freaked out by this horse. He walked, but he walked fast. They "Swim", if you will. They will be something that will lead the pack on a trail ride. The first timw I had Rico out we left everyone in the dust. We were stopping and waiting, doing serpentines, and all sorts of things.

And they will trust you, even if you are leading them into something stupid. I was riding on a trail, and there was a bee's nest on the gorund that I didn't see. Rico stopped, snorted, and looked at it but I didn't see it so I made him go forward. His expression was "Okay Mom....If you say so..." and we stepped right on it. I felt so bad afterward. I spent so much time putting medicine on his stings and giving him lots of love.

These horses are very good at communicating with you. Another story I have about Rico....I bought him a Bosal (He never wore a bit) and it felt like soft, comfy leather. I put it on him and walked away from everyone. About a quarter way into the trail he started stopping and refusing my commands. I was pissed off at him, since there was nothing to be scared about. I gav ehim a good smack on the butt and he just totally shut down. He turned around with the most pitiful look and touched my stirrup with his nose.....and right where the Bosal rubbed the fur had been scraped off and there were little spots of blood. Another stupid moment for me....He had been trying to tell me, and I hadn't listened. I didn't even think about it, since that Bosal had been so soft to my touch. I made sure nothing like that happened again, but certainly that didn't make me feel better....Poor guy.

In summary -

Any of these breeds will pine for about a week or two after you bring them home. They will follow you into any situation and will love you even if you do something stupid like I did. It will also take you quite some ime to get used to their gaits. You will never find a better companion than the Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, or Peruvian Horse (Once again, NOT the same as a Peruvian Paso.)

Haha, sorry for the novel.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #13 of 30 Old 06-30-2010, 08:49 AM
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There are three horses on the page you gave a link to. I am not sure which you're looking at, but personally I would go with either Strip Job Charlie or Timeless Treasure. There is nothing WRONG with Watkins Kelly I just don't like the look of her as much as the other two. From just the pics Charlie looks to have a lot more action, has an upright head carriage and his knee breaks much higher than Treasure. Treasure looks to have a less animated more relaxed way of moving.
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post #14 of 30 Old 07-02-2010, 07:20 PM
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My recommendation - try before you buy. Take the horse or horses you are most interested in out for a full day trail ride to see how they move out for you. Just as quarter horses can bounce and throw you around, so can gaited.

Remember the gait only replaces the trot. Do you want a nice trail horse that will amble along or a horse that will constantly move out at a good clip? equal to or above the speed of a trot.

It all depends on the overstride, how they are built and how they are trained.

We have gaited horses we ride with gaited friends and quarterhorses when we ride with our other friends. The two just don't mix well riding gaited with regular. My QH has a very smooth jog that is either slow or fast which is just as nice as my gaited girl.
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post #15 of 30 Old 07-03-2010, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
Paso Fino, Peruvian Paso, or Peruvian Horse (NOT The same as Peruvian Paso)
Why do you think the Peruvain Paso and Peruvian horse are different breeds? The are just dropping the Paso name because people get them mixed up with Paso Fino.
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post #16 of 30 Old 07-03-2010, 03:43 PM
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Originally Posted by westerngirl View Post
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
I can't seem to get to this link - what is it?
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post #17 of 30 Old 07-04-2010, 04:31 PM
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Originally Posted by RockNRoll View Post
I can't seem to get to this link - what is it?
Try URL: and look at the horses for sale - first page. I actually like all 3 horses for different purposes
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post #18 of 30 Old 07-04-2010, 06:17 PM
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Originally Posted by westerngirl View Post
Try URL: and look at the horses for sale - first page. I actually like all 3 horses for different purposes
My two cents:
Nice horses - all with the silver dapple signature color which is striking but ride (or have someone else ride for you) before you buy:
Watkins Kelly -
  • Good conformation; proportions and balance, straight legs, nice muscling, straight top line, nice length of neck and back, good slope on shoulder and nice head.
  • Good old time Rocky Mountain breeding
  • Bargin price and you get 1+ (in foal to a world & international proven stud)
  • You need to ride to confirm gaits but the conformation and breeding are the first half of the equation so definately worth a go.
Timeless Treasue -
  • Also good conformation
  • Good breeding
  • Nicely gaited - easy on the bit - looks very comfortable under saddle - looks like a great trail pleasure horse.
  • Good 2 for 1 since it includes a nicely bred foal (which you could sell if you don't want to raise)
Strip Job Charlie
  • Good conformation. I personally like the high head set.
  • Evenly gaited - with good lift and snap - looks comfortable under saddle - has that little extra flash that gets noticed and therefore the makings of a good show horse (of course also a good trail buddy).
  • Looks like would make a good horse for a child.
Enjoy the process - ride at least a dozen horses and don't forget the vet check before you buy.
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post #19 of 30 Old 07-04-2010, 08:19 PM
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I don't get all this with the signature color of the horse. This breed is getting as bad as the paints with color.

It is turning into a fixation to have that silver dapple gene which by the way is causing ASD in the breed since we are so into linebreeding.

It causes people throwing aside very nice horses of many other colors just to have a chocolate which to me is more or less a so what color, but that is just my personal preference.

Just don't go blowing off a horse that is say a sorrel color just to get a "signature color" horse (which by the way used to be rare and now seem to be a dime a dozen), pick the horse that gaits best for you. Van Bert is a huge farm that has a lot of horses for sale, but also don't discount some of the smaller show breeders that have some fantastic stock and bloodlines too. Just remember when the color becomes common they breed for the next fad color.

Right now I have a son of Ventures Black Fury who was originally a Van Bert stallion, now sold and don't know yet if he will be the ride of the century or a total nut case. He goes to the trainer tommorrow and we will see.

And make sure you see and ride the horse in person I have seen a few people buy under recommendation and there was one lady I know that had a horse shipped from North Carolina to the west coast and when she got him he didn't gait a lick despite the sellers glowing recommendation.

Best of luck in your search - just be careful, it may be a buyers market, but there is also a lot of trash out there people are dumping just to get rid of a problem.
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post #20 of 30 Old 07-08-2010, 12:24 AM
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Now at age 53, I decided to make a different horse choice (have always had arabs). I just bought a 4yo TWH/SSH and I am in love... love the gait, love the personality. We strictly trail ride and I am having the time of my life.
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