Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
I fully agree with g8dhorse! I know both those who push their horse to gait the whole ride...and feel so sorry for the horses. Then there's the people that I ride with that like to start out flat foot walking, and just gait a little here and there, with lots of stops along the trail to take breaks, admire the scenery, and let the horses drink from streams or rivers. I just don't see the pleasure in trail riding when you're flying by everything at a running walk. The lady that I ride with alot has a little 15.2 hh TWH, and my gelding is 16.2 - 16.3hh. He will slow right down and shorten his stride to walk beside of her and her little mare when it's just us. I'm still working on him as far as riding with a group...he thinks he has to be in the lead. As far as your back is concerned, IMHO, gaited is the only way to go. I know it's a lot easier on my ribs. Wether you choose the TWH, Rocky Mount, or any other gaited breed, I wish you luck in your search.
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BTW....That's NOT rain on your windshield!!!!