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    07-18-2010, 09:37 PM
3 days ago I brought home a Missouri Fox-Trotter for my wife. She absolutely loves him. He is dead broke, and takes care of his riders. He can go as slow as you need, and yet can kick up the speed to keep pace with the faster mounts in our group. He was exactly the type of mount I was hoping to find for my bride.

For the time being, I have use of a TWH, so I can shelve my Arab or gaited dilemma for a while.
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    07-25-2010, 11:05 PM
I agree that the arab may not be able to keep up with them, but as far as endurance goes, an arab will leave them in the dust. I know, I've owned an arabian, and they will go until their little hearts explode if you asked them to.
    07-31-2010, 04:23 PM
There are exceptions to every rule but we have a racing quarter horse (who won regional races so is no slouch) who we trot to keep up with the walk & canter to keep up with the pleasure gaits of our TWH & Mountain horses. A friend rides an Arab and he does the same. Therefore you can keep up but you may need to trot/canter to do so (unless the gaited horses are not gaiting).

When you think about it makes sense - a gaited horse has been bred for hundreds of years with the objective to move across country very quickly and smoothly. They are genetically different which allows them to have long over strides (therefore covering a lot of distance each stride) and a 4 beat gait at speed (which is what makes them smooth even though they are moving fast).

Decision on which breed should start by defining your objectives.

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