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    02-02-2013, 09:36 PM
  #31
Weanling
Much smoother and covers alot more ground than a running walk
     
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    02-04-2013, 09:51 AM
  #32
Foal
I also prefer a rack. It can also keep up with trotting horse.

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much smoother and covers alot more ground than a running walk
     
    02-07-2013, 06:42 PM
  #33
Weanling
My concern is will it hold up. A lot of gaits are fine for flat land or arenas but do they hold up for miles of actual trail type terrain. For instance, a lot of TWH are stumbly on rougher trails. Just the way they sweep those hind legs under them keeps them from picking them up over logs and rocks, up and down gullies and ditches. They were not bred for covering that kind of terrain and keeping the gait going smooth and consistent. Many other gaited horses only do well going up or down hills or at certain speeds. Others don't do twists and turns well and keep the gait going. Real trail miles are different than simple down the road jaunts or arena laps.
     
    02-07-2013, 07:19 PM
  #34
Foal
My OTSTB is a smooth racking horse and for our trails he can easily switch between a trot or a rack or even his ground covering walk but I can see on more hilly and rocky type trails that a gaited horse may have some issues with terrain.

I'd still take a smooth gaited horse over a trotting bred horse out on trails. I can tell a difference between my OTTB and my OTSTB out on trails, the gaited horse is a lot easier on longer trails.
     
    02-07-2013, 08:17 PM
  #35
Weanling
My walker isnt at her best on the rougher trails. Slows down to a snails pace. Unlessed pushed. The roughest I've been on she slowed down to 3.5-4 mphs she's definitely in her zone on the flater areas, smoother, trails, or going down the paved road.

Still as mentioned, id take that gait over a trotter any day. I wouldnt ride if all I had was a trotting horse. Or a 2-3 mph dead head.
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    02-08-2013, 11:04 AM
  #36
Weanling
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my walker isnt at her best on the rougher trails. Slows down to a snails pace. Unlessed pushed. The roughest I've been on she slowed down to 3.5-4 mphs she's definitely in her zone on the flater areas, smoother, trails, or going down the paved road.

Still as mentioned, id take that gait over a trotter any day. I wouldnt ride if all I had was a trotting horse. Or a 2-3 mph dead head.
Rougher trails really aren't the place to be going like a bat outta hell, anyway. Having said that, my little black TWH actually does better on trail where he has to "think" more about what he's doing. We're not going "fast," but he's a nimble little guy when he needs to be. Since I really like riding that type of trail, I'm not as interested in having a "speed" horse.

My SO has two TWH's - they're larger, heavier-built than mine and better for faster riding on trails where there is less stuff to maneuver through/step over.

I have to say, this guy is one of my all-time favorites. I just think he is gorgeous, too:

     
    02-08-2013, 05:06 PM
  #37
Weanling
"My concern is will it hold up. A lot of gaits are fine for flat land or arenas but do they hold up for miles of actual trail type terrain"

Holding up and traveling rough terrain, is a very strong point with our racking horses. I'd rather ride our racking horses in the rough terrain than a mule. They are very sure footed and pay more attention to the trails.
     
    02-08-2013, 05:45 PM
  #38
Green Broke
Tennessee Walking Horse - Midnight Sun #410751, home page by Walkers West

Old movie here of the incomparable Midnight Sun.
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    02-08-2013, 08:58 PM
  #39
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bbsmfg3    
"My concern is will it hold up. A lot of gaits are fine for flat land or arenas but do they hold up for miles of actual trail type terrain"

Holding up and traveling rough terrain, is a very strong point with our racking horses. I'd rather ride our racking horses in the rough terrain than a mule. They are very sure footed and pay more attention to the trails.
I have to agree with my racking horse too.
I have a TWH/racking horse that I have ridden in very rough and dangerous terrian. When it was appropriate on the trails, he could rack just as smooth and when the trails got steep, rough and rocky he would have the smoothest running walk and it felt like he was glidding up an down hills. He never stumbled not even a little bit. He neck reins like a quarter horse and we could weave in and out of trees and tight spots with ease. He jumps over logs that are my waist high like they are nothing. I have ridden him 20 to 35 miles in a day. He would be as fresh acting as he was when we started as when he ended. My friends that are younger were moaning and groaning how tired and sore they were. I just grin and say you need to get a smooth horse.

Yes, I think most racking horses can rack and take any trail a quarter horse or any other horse can do without any trouble and you will enjoy the ride even more because how smooth the ride is and how relax you will be on the ride.

Now, I like to glide over the trails at a fast pace. I feel like I get to see a whole lot more country and in a short time. My horse enjoys it as much as I do. He is nickering and greeting me at the gate ready the next day for another ride. I also like it because I am burning a lot more calories and I get to eat more when I get back to camp....LOL
     
    02-08-2013, 10:42 PM
  #40
Foal
Great video, thanks for linking it.

We have only hills where I ride and the psycho KMH I had was a mountain goat and we went everywhere. We once easily rode a rather steep up and down, rugged section of trail I later found out was called The Roller Coaster, and that most riders avoided it. There's a couple of Paso Finos in the area that regular horses have trouble keeping up with in the really bad parts of trails. They make it look so easy.

I guess it depends on the gait/horse.

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Tennessee Walking Horse - Midnight Sun #410751, home page by Walkers West

Old movie here of the incomparable Midnight Sun.
     

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