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post #21 of 26 Old 09-27-2010, 11:07 AM
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Thinking about getting a TWH

The gaited horse is a great choice for someone with back problems due to their smooth gait. They can walk just a slow as a QH and don't have to be at the running walk all the time. I'd try to find one that isn't bred for showing since they are sometimes just a little high strung. Good luck!
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post #22 of 26 Old 09-30-2010, 12:38 PM
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Guilherme is totally right about the "speed range". We have a TW whose flat walk is so fast the other horses can't keep up if they walk, but when he moves into a gait he has to stay so slow that he can't keep up with the trotters. If he tries to gait any faster he goes into a bone-jarring, teeth-rattling hard pace that is impossible to ride. This has led to him being very frustrated when we ride with friends, as we're constantly having to hold him back one way or another. Now my husband either rides him alone or just with me and my horse. I hope that you can have some time to try out some gaited horses before you buy and make sure they will remain comfortable at the faster gait.
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post #23 of 26 Old 09-30-2010, 12:51 PM
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My new TWH mare (avatar pic) came from Cloud 9 Walkers. Laura and gang do an AWESOME job training and exposing the horses to all kinds of stimuli. Watch some of their videos on youtube and you can see the rider's movement in the saddle, the different speeds and strides of the horses and the terrain they work them over. Bluezfool is their page on youtube.
When we get another TWH, and we will as soon as hubby tries out Adia (formerly, Sissy, on their website) I'll go right back to Cloud 9. Laura was open and honest and I now have my dream horse. I couldn't be happier. Plus, NO PAIN after riding! You can view my comments on their site about "Sissy."
Best of luck in your search!

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post #24 of 26 Old 10-06-2010, 04:54 AM
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Having owned and ridden TW for years I highly recommend them :) I love QH and those lovely little arab types as well...but my first love is the TWH! I don't go in for that fancy high stepping stuff. I want my horse in his natural form :) well as close as we can get to it with human intervention anyways LOL. I love their natural gait. I think what I love most is their heart and willingness to learn. They'll give you all they have and then more if you were to ask. The one who owns me now, Rascal, is a doll and very very sweet :)
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post #25 of 26 Old 10-13-2010, 10:59 PM
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Gaited horses such as the TWH come in many different colors and sizes. They also have different gaiting tendancies. Some tend to walk slowly while others walk very fast compared to other horses. Some have a velvet smooth walk while others are bumpy and pronounced. All in all, however, the TWH makes a great trail horse and they generally are very even tempered.
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post #26 of 26 Old 10-13-2010, 11:21 PM
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Just for fun - I clocked my "wonder walker" TWH mare the other day on our gravel country roads to see how fast she goes in her gaits. Her dog walk (quarterhorse speed) is between 3.6 and 4 MPH; her smoother 'working walk' is about 5 MPH; her preferred speed of running walk is around 6 to 6.3 MPH; and her faster running walk is 7.1 MPH. These are pretty smooth but on gravel she never goes as fast as she does on a well-worn trail, where I really enjoy 'riding the glide.'

By comparison, we have a foxtrotter too, and he prefers the running walk instead of the fox trot. When he moves out, he leaves us in the dust! So I know my mare isn't particularly fast, nor particularly smooth, but she is a joy to ride and has more 'gears' than I know what to do with.
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