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post #21 of 26 Old 10-29-2009, 06:48 PM
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For competitive trail riding I would pass a walker by again. I'd go for a Mountain horse. They are energizer bunnies on a trail, and I have seen them run circles around a walker for long distance trail energy.

I just think you really need to go out and ride a few different walkers. I don't find them comfortable, especially when walking. I have had two, both had a very long overstride which can throw you back and forth in the saddle, and trust me that wears on your back flex as much as bouncing up and down. When they went into gait they were both smooth as silk. I really love walkers, I have learned I just need to do it from afar. You will also have to watch the bloodlines closely, as there are some that are very hot with an overabundance of go go go and are very hard to keep at a walk since you are talking of sharing with your mom.

And don't say anything about trotting to most gaited people. They call that the biggest sin as most will after a time start trotting all the time (it is much easier and requires less muscle) or become horribly pacey. Neither is anything comfortable. I also had a Kentucky Mountain horse that was allowed to trot and she never would go back into a gait, so that kind of defeated the purpose and in this market made her a very hard horse to rehome. I finally did but she was sold more as a broodmare more than a riding horse since she didn't gait anymore. To put it bluntly I pretty much gave her away.
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post #22 of 26 Old 10-29-2009, 07:34 PM
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Check this out, I thought it was pretty cool.

I guess I have to disagree with you Macslady, pretty much like I have been doing with everyone here. My walkers would go all day all week. I literally rode everyday of the week for 3 to 8 hours and they were always ready to go.

But again this was 12 years ago and I know theres been changes in the Walker breed since then... so maybe my experience with Walkers is going to be hard to duplicate with the present day Walkers.
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post #23 of 26 Old 11-05-2009, 12:11 AM
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You can definitely teach them, but there is always a chance that they will stop doing their other gaits. Trotting is easier for horses, and that's why a lot of gaited horses stop gaiting and start trotting when you let them.

Have you considered getting a Saddlebred? Some of them look a lot like TWHs. You can get a non-gaited Saddlebred OR a gaited Saddlebred, but ALL gaited Saddlebreds can trot or gait on cue.
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post #24 of 26 Old 11-24-2009, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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I may have to look into a gaited Saddlebred, I don't know how many of those there are around here.

I really like all the TWHs that I have met, and I even got to ride one that could trot and gait just fine. I guess it really depends on the horse.
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-24-2009, 09:45 PM
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Yes, Saddlebreds may be something to look into.

Or... You could a buy a TWH that already trots.

**You don't know how much that pained me to say >.<

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post #26 of 26 Old 11-25-2009, 07:56 AM
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^^^ Hahahaha Sunny that made me laugh Pretty sure I've gotten your feelings on this issue before...
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