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post #21 of 30 Old 07-08-2010, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. The Paso's we tried were nicccce. It would take some getting used to after years of quarter horses, and my quarters aren't going anywhere! You are right, trail riding with a mixture of quarter and gaited is impossible in a group. Though my mare has a nice jog which we do to keep up!!
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post #22 of 30 Old 07-13-2010, 10:27 AM
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Although I am a gaited Curly fan at heart, I would have to vouch for the Paso Fino. You won't find a smoother trail horse with the energy to go all day along with a kind personality.

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post #23 of 30 Old 07-13-2010, 01:12 PM
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I'm very partial to, and wouldn't give up my either one of my TWH's for anything. Rookie and I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks of riding. I figured it to be between 80 - 90 miles. We rode mountain trails (some deer paths), hard top road, and dirt roads; and He took really really good care of me. He is slender and tall. Rosie, on the other hand, is shorter and stocky. My farrier says that she has a quarter horse body. I was told that she's more the foundation style instead of the modern show style. Rookie's original owner, who raised him from a foal, used him for team penning. I'm still working on getting his feet set up on the proper angles for a walking horse, and he's learning very quickly. But even at his "trot", he's smoother than any non-gaited horse that I've ever been on. No need to post it, and it doesn't jar the dookies out of me either. I bought him in April, and even though the farrier has only been to see him twice, he's starting to do his natural gait while in the pasture. Both his and Rosie's canter is so very smooth. They are very easy to keep collected and I would ride either one of them in parades. And I agree with the person that said that they are very willing to please people. They are both like over-grown dogs the way that they follow me around and have to stick their noses into anything that I'm doing while around them.

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post #24 of 30 Old 07-13-2010, 03:01 PM
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It would be my opinion that if you like the build of the QH you will like the build of the Rocky Mountain. I have a Rocky he is 15HH, a bit of a stocky build but not overweight. He is extremely comfortable. I find the Paso's short and slight, the TWH are usually a bit too tall, and the Peruvian's are known for kicking out sideways while being ridden which can disturb other horses if trail riding etc. Try before you buy, whatever you do.
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post #25 of 30 Old 07-13-2010, 03:32 PM
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The horse in my avatar is Dusty, a racking Kentucky Mountain Saddle Horse (his mom was a TWH). He's about 15.2 and SOLID (why I got him--the TWHs around here seem so spindly). He's a dappled palomino. He's a sweetie, and a great trail ride.
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post #26 of 30 Old 07-13-2010, 07:02 PM
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I'm very partial to, and wouldn't give up my either one of my TWH's for anything. Rookie and I just got back from 2 1/2 weeks of riding. I figured it to be between 80 - 90 miles. We rode mountain trails (some deer paths), hard top road, and dirt roads; and He took really really good care of me. He is slender and tall. Rosie, on the other hand, is shorter and stocky. My farrier says that she has a quarter horse body. I was told that she's more the foundation style instead of the modern show style. Rookie's original owner, who raised him from a foal, used him for team penning. I'm still working on getting his feet set up on the proper angles for a walking horse, and he's learning very quickly. But even at his "trot", he's smoother than any non-gaited horse that I've ever been on. No need to post it, and it doesn't jar the dookies out of me either. I bought him in April, and even though the farrier has only been to see him twice, he's starting to do his natural gait while in the pasture. Both his and Rosie's canter is so very smooth. They are very easy to keep collected and I would ride either one of them in parades. And I agree with the person that said that they are very willing to please people. They are both like over-grown dogs the way that they follow me around and have to stick their noses into anything that I'm doing while around them.

Good luck in your hard decision between gaited breeds!!
It sounds like you have to TWH's similar to a friend of mine; her gelding is more of the foundation type (looks more like a Morgan) while her mare is lean, narrow and tall =) Both are great horses that stand up to what Tennessee Walkers are, and it sounds like your horses are the same way.
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post #27 of 30 Old 07-14-2010, 01:11 AM
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Missouri Foxtrotters ALL THE WAY!. While with any breed there are some nut jobs. On the whole the MFTs are a very loving, willing, good tempermented breed. There are even a few therapeutic riding centers that only use MFTs because of their temperament and easy way of going....among other things.

Very much worth checking them out.
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post #28 of 30 Old 07-14-2010, 08:17 AM
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I have never ridden a gaited horse but would love 2...
I think you should go for getting 1 after all whats the harm in 1 more horse?... huh?

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post #29 of 30 Old 07-14-2010, 11:56 AM
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You can't have too many good horses! Owning a gaited horse does not mean that you have to give up your ones – I figure it is sort of like cars -different types for different purposes. I started with Quarter horses & Morgans but wanted to be able to move out faster smoothly so began my affair with gaited breeds. There are a number of different types of gaited horses (as this posting attests) all which have the gait in common. I'm a doer therefore I have ridden all of the major gaited horse breeds and own a TWH & MFT but 10 years ago I discovered the Kentucky Mountain Horse which I now also own & use almost exclusively. I was skeptical, at first, of the mountain horse hype - natural 4 beat gait, athletic, calm, & willing temperament... I find my mountain horse to be extremely versatile, good build, he has all the gaits (gears) that I will ever need – he is a great trail buddy, stunning parade horse, winning show horse, enjoys rounding up cattle, endurance, tricks & is happy to babysit the grandkids – whatever I ask, he does and enjoys. That does not mean that my other horses are bad – they are great at what they do. I’m just finding that my mountain horse buddy keeps up with all of activities that my other horse breed friends do therefore has become the mount of choice. The key advice through all the threads is to try before you buy and buy from a reputable breeder who will still be there in course of the years to provide assistance and – have fun.
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post #30 of 30 Old 07-29-2010, 12:48 AM
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Definitely have fun!
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