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post #11 of 53 Old 04-15-2010, 10:41 AM
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I've never ridden with gaited horses so I may just be shooting off at the mouth, but Lacey, my Arab, can and does walk at the speed of a trotting horse without much effort on her part (and it's really not uncomfortable, just there's a lot more rocking, yknow). Maybe it's just cuz she's neato like that, but she's not the only Arab that I've ridden that has a really fast, comortable, walk that makes it difficult for the average horse to keep up.

I dunno, I thought I'd mention that. =)

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post #12 of 53 Old 04-16-2010, 08:44 AM
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An Arabian cannot keep up with gaited horses. The gaited horses will have to stop and wait for you to catch up.
yep...we have had non gaited horses ride with us, and unless they really enjoy riding with us, they usually ride one time, and thats it...

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Yeah, you will have a hard time keeping up unless the Arab is unusually fast, or unless the gaited horses are unusually slow.

My horse is a MFT and I've been riding with Paints, QHs, and a Paso Fino for years. Pasos are gaited, yes, but they move completely different to most American gaited breeds... they're about the same speed as a non-gaited horse.

You will either have to trot every once in a while to catch up, or they'll have to stop and wait for you. It's worst at the walk. Although gaited horses naturally trot and canter faster than non-gaited horses, it's a little easier to stay at the same speed. I don't like to make my horse walk slower than she wants to, so I just stop and wait or make the other person trot.

So yes, it is annoying sometimes, but I wouldn't go out and buy a gaited horse if you don't want one just so you can keep up with them.
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An Arabian cannot keep up with gaited horses. The gaited horses will have to stop and wait for you to catch up.
My friends have TWH and I spend the entire ride waiting for them. They may be able to outpace me at the walk, but for sheer stamina, gaited horses don't even compare. You can do the same ride at a fast walk that we can do at the trot. Not to mention, Arabians will put gaited horses in their dust for sheer speed.

I love gaited horses, and I agree with what was said about it being an issue finding a happy medium, but it's like that with most breeds. I hate riding with a lot of stock horses because they are SO pokey, I'm constantly having to try and rein Zierra's walk and jog in. As far as stamina and speed, speaking in general terms, Arabs will almost always come out on top.

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Lovely, lovely mare, Curly Horse CMT!!! A perfect blend of the two breeds.

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Do you have any video of this shuffle?

No I don't...if you look up the Appy shuffle you could possibly get a video example. I am also on the HGS forum and they had an example of it on video. I used to think that her "running walk" was the shuffle, but once I saw that video that her shuffle was a gait up from her running walk. Its quite smooth Very ground covering.

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Lovely, lovely mare, Curly Horse CMT!!! A perfect blend of the two breeds.

Thank you! (too short)

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My Bashkir Curly X Arab cross does wonderful with gaited horses, as she is gaited herself We were told that she was by a Bashkir Curly stud and out of a "gaited" Arabian mare. Turns out, she exhibits the Curly Shuffle (derived from the Appaloosa shuffle) so she keeps up well with gaited horses. I have ridden her with Tennesee Walkers and Paso Finos quite often and she keeps up with the best of them. She looks like a Arab, but with curls lol

My friend also had a Morab mare that also seemed "gaited." That was most likely from the Morgan side though, as some can be gaited.

Here is a pic of my mare...

A gaited Arab would be perfect....a dream come true!!!

Aren't national Show Horses crosses between American Saddlebred (gaited?) and Arabs?
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An Arabian cannot keep up with gaited horses. The gaited horses will have to stop and wait for you to catch up.
Baloney.

Both of my Arabs and my quarter horse kept up with gaited horses just fine. The gaited riders really liked having me ride with them.
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You should be fine. Think of it this way, it's an arab so even if you have to run to keep up you'll enver be able to wear her out! LOL.

Now on all seriousness, I think you should be able to keep up fine. I hd a big arab mare named Angel that could keep up just fine with the gaited.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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