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    09-13-2010, 01:35 PM
In my neck of the woods, the gaited people push their horses to walk FAST and they except you, on the non-gaited horse, to catch up and keep up. It really has been a pain-in-the-butt for me, but hey, you want to ride with your friends, right?

So if you get one that hasn't been pushed to walk fast, you might be alright. If you get one where the trainers/riders have been pushing the walk (and they can have a very fast natural walk) then you might be riding the brakes so your daughter can keep up. Unless she like to trot, which I did when I was a kid.

I actually bought a Fox Trotter so I would have a horse for gaited rides, and I have a Mustang for QH rides. My Mustang would just rather not walk fast.

As far as the breed goes, I'm sure a Walker would be a blast! I've ridden one and several Fox Trotters and they are oodles of fun as well. It's like you have all these extra gears that you have to learn how to use, and it's fast and fun. I LOVE the gaited horses, it's just sometimes the gaited riders irritate me!
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    09-13-2010, 02:01 PM
I understand what you mean about the riders pushing the gaited horses for speed. I've had to reteach several of our horses to slow down and just WALK! LOL! Some riders aren't in the saddle yet and their horse is flying down trail. That's one of my pet peeves.....I expect my gaited horses to stand calmly, then walk off calmly when I cue them. I know some people who hit a gait from the first step and don't stop until they get back in camp. That's just not how we ride. We like to walk, gait a bit when we feel like it, stop along the trails, and walk back into camp. Gaited horses get a bad rep for being too fast. But, it's totally up to the rider how the horse moves. My big striding TWH will slow right down and walk behind a slower horse....because that's what I expect her to do. It's all about the training.
    09-13-2010, 02:17 PM
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.
    09-13-2010, 02:37 PM
I have a TWH and my daughter has a quarter horse and we trail ride together all the time. Come to think of it, every horse I ride with is non-gaited. He walks when everybody else walks and does is running walk when everybody else trots. I can certainly see how a gaited horse would be easier on someone because my horses running walk is a smooth as glass.
    09-13-2010, 03:12 PM
Charlicata, I used to live in Spotsy! Across the road from Lake Anna State park entrance. I sure do miss riding at LA but we try and get down there at least once a year to ride....on our gaited horses! LOL!
    09-13-2010, 03:29 PM
LOL...I'm riding more at Graves now than LA. It is very nice for a day ride though. Rookie loves going into the lake at the one spot. :) When we go, we usually ride the side behind the park office and come back in for lunch, then ride the trail that goes down by the lake. Very very nice trails there.
    09-23-2010, 07:32 AM
Originally Posted by charlicata    
LOL...I'm riding more at Graves now than LA. It is very nice for a day ride though. Rookie loves going into the lake at the one spot. :) When we go, we usually ride the side behind the park office and come back in for lunch, then ride the trail that goes down by the lake. Very very nice trails there.

We are going to have to meet up at Graves's sometime..
    09-23-2010, 07:39 AM
I rode Qh's for 30yrs. I developed arthritis in my hip joint and lower back I have a few messed up dics. I couldn't trail ride for more than 2 hrs on my QH. Then I started riding with Paso folks and it was ruining my QH to stay up and killing me. So I got my twh. He was a hand full at first but after we got to know each other his ride was better and I could ride him up to 6hrs. He would do a slow walk, but he wasn't comfy with it. Then I got a Missouri Fox Trotter X and now I have the best of both worlds. He has a nice QH type walk his fox trot and then his lope...I can ride this guy 6 hrs or more and not be sore at all....If I hadn't of tried a gaited horse I'd probably be out of the horse world.
    09-24-2010, 09:28 AM
We've ridden informally with trotters on trails and formally in units of up to seventy horses in close formation. If the gaited horse is trained and the rider competant you can match or set any pace you want to. The ability to "rate" one's horse is a basic skill.

Most gaited horses also have a "speed range" where they will be comfortable to ride. It is determined by the horse's conformation, strength, and fitness level. The smart gaited horse rider figures out what this range is and stays in it. Most of the time it's more than adequate for trail riding or various competitions. For most gaited horses, too, once you ride out of this range gait quality will deteriorate. For the lateral horse they will move to the pace; the diagonal horse will trot. They can't help it; their biomechanics will not permit them to hold their gait form at higher speeds. Using powerful bits, crops, and spurs will not solve this problem.

Gaited horses are "horses" first and "gaited" second. This fact is often lost in the wild world of breed chauvenism. A good rider figures out what they have under them and rides it effectively to do what they want to do. A bad rider doesn't.

    09-27-2010, 11:47 AM
I agree Mingiz! Either meet at Graves or we're going to Gettysburg to Artillery Ridge the weekend before Halloween. Maybe you could meet us up there. If you can, all you have to do is look for a dark green chevy van with 2 very large antenna's on it, hooked to a white horse trailer (no living quarters). DH is pulling it with his truck that weekend.

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