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    03-25-2012, 03:51 PM
  #11
Yearling
Probably. Also, some of the gaited horse saddles come with the 3-point rigging possible - from front ring down to cinch, then back up to ring or slot in rear of saddle - it kind of pulls the cinch back more onto the ribs instead of right behind the shoulders.

The gaited saddles also have more 'flare' in the front of the saddle to make it wider across the shoulders. QH saddles are straighter (no flare) so the shoulder blades 'bump' into the front of the saddle tree with every step. It really is different - I have both types of saddles and both types of horses - gaited versus non-gaited QH. I would rather use my gaited saddle on the QH than vice versa.
     
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    03-25-2012, 04:59 PM
  #12
Green Broke
It can also be rider mechanics. Overstriding, clipping and such can also be caused by how rider uses themselves.

And agree on 3 way rigging on your saddle when you get a new one.
     
    03-25-2012, 07:40 PM
  #13
Weanling
RIGGING

Can you tell me which one of these I need
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    03-25-2012, 10:36 PM
  #14
Yearling
If you got the double in-skirt rigging option you would basically have just about every possible choice you'd ever need, including the 3-way. The first ring would probably be either 'full' or 7/8ths rigging; the second ring probably 3/4ths rigging which Darrin suggested earlier.
     
    03-25-2012, 10:41 PM
  #15
Green Broke
My last farrier whacked his heal all off to we're his frog was hitting the ground and caused a bacteria infection.

I don't know about the bacterial infection, but it is actually IDEAL for the frogs to touch the ground. That is what they are made for.

I agree his feet look too upright now, but I also had a friend with a walker who was clubfooted. So I have seen a walker with feet like that. However, if that is not normal conformation for your walker, I wouldn't encourage clubby-ness.

It is kind of normal for them to have difficulty cantering. I think many of them are never taught to canter under saddle. I have an 18 yr old Fox Trotter who has a heck of a time cantering. We still do it for fun, but it sure isn't pretty. She is pacing, cantering, and doing some of each at the same time. It's pretty weird. I agree with the person who suggested cantering up a slight hill. My mare canters the best on a slight hill (and in a straight line). It encourages them to get their hind end up underneath them for a proper canter. Otherwise they get strung out all over the place on flat ground and you get all kinds of weirdness.

Oh, on the rigging, you know, I think it has to do with saddle fit more than anything else. I just bought a full-rigged saddle (like a roping saddle) for my Fox Trotter and she moves better in that than her old saddle with dropped rigging. But the old saddle was too wide and this one fits, which makes a world of difference. I would think Dixieland would give you the right rigging if they know you have a walker. Gaited saddles is their specialty. I have thought about ordering from them in the past but never have. I did see one of their saddles in person though and thought it was very nice quality.



     
    03-25-2012, 10:46 PM
  #16
Yearling
Trailhorserider, you described the gaited horse canter weirdness perfectly! I don't know why it's so hard for them to pick up under saddle but it feels like riding something where the spoon is caught in the mixer blades....!
     
    03-25-2012, 11:35 PM
  #17
Weanling
I'm not concerned about the cantering. I don't really ever plan to do it. He keeps up just fine with his running walk. This video was taken because I asked the trainer if he could. Just never seen my horse even come close to it. But the clipping of the feet is what was concerning me. As far as the bacteria infection I spoke of. We think he cut his frog and that caused it. He is better its been six months and haven't had an issue but the vet and my new farrier were both in shock when they noticed the old farrier cut off his heel completely and left really long toes. So I know this farrier is working to get his heal back but are you saying he needs to be longer toed in the front? Or do we just need to continue with the growing of the heal? The farrier I have now has worked on many walkers but like I said this is Texas and in Texas we have cow horses and that's what most everyone is into around here
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    03-25-2012, 11:43 PM
  #18
Green Broke
It's more about the angle then length of toe and his angle is way to steep. Now show shoeing does leave a long toe for more "action". For trail riding you don't want a long toe, they don't break over quickly which will cause your horse to trip on rough ground.
     
    03-25-2012, 11:57 PM
  #19
Green Broke
One other thing, not sure where the idea of needing a heel has come from. If you look at wild horse feet they don't have much of a heel and they walk on their frog. I've read (in a book written by an equine vet) that everytime the frog comes in contact with the ground it pumps blood back up their leg.
     
    03-26-2012, 11:57 PM
  #20
Yearling
I agree with Darrin. The front feet angles are too steep (need to trim some off heel to bring the heels down a little) and I can see where the back feet might be growing out from being too short at the heel but from these pics they don't look too bad - they look more 'proper' than the front feet. It's been a long time since those front feet were too short in the heel!
     

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