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    04-20-2012, 10:45 AM
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Foal
What to expect with a gaited horse (TWH)?

Hi guys,

I'm going to be getting my first ever gaited horse this weekend.

She is a Tennessee Walking Horse that is just a 2 almost 3 year old.

She knows how to walk, running walk, and canter. She is flat shod now but has had pads on before. I DO NOT want to show her. She will be for trail riding and a slim MAYBE for endurance later down the road.

My question is, what do I need to expect when riding a gaited horse? What do you do differently than with a normal horse?

Any gaited-beginner tips? Thanks!!!!
     
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    04-20-2012, 10:50 AM
  #2
Green Broke
If she's a typical TWH .. you can expect her to be calm and dependable .. a friend in good times and bad.

The one thing I never could get used to with a TWH that is different from "normal" horses is the head movement at the walk. That head is constantly up and down with each step .. You'll love that running walk though...

I love the breed .. I hope you'll be very happy.
     
    04-20-2012, 11:57 AM
  #3
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Prepare for a smooth ride and a head bob/nod. My TWH used to nod so much the bottom lip would bobble up and down too.
Also be prepared after that for how rough a regular trot on a non-gaited horse will feel. Doesn't matter if it didn't feel rough before, it will after.
     
    04-20-2012, 09:36 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Best tip I can give you is go take lessons from a TWH trainer. You have to learn what the gait feels like, how to get her in gait and how to keep her there.
     
    04-22-2012, 08:49 PM
  #5
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Lockwood    
Prepare for a smooth ride and a head bob/nod. My TWH used to nod so much the bottom lip would bobble up and down too.
Also be prepared after that for how rough a regular trot on a non-gaited horse will feel. Doesn't matter if it didn't feel rough before, it will after.
and that is the gods honest truth..My walker was in training for a month and they made me ride a QH while the trainer rode my horse and I thought I was going to die and so did my butt.And just a year earlier I owned a paint and I don't remember it being that bad.Trainer said I was on his smoothest QH too.I was dieing to get my horse back
     
    04-22-2012, 11:22 PM
  #6
Yearling
The most important thing for a young TWH is not to push the running walk too far or too fast or for too long. To develop a strong gait, miles of solid walking are the key.
     

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