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post #1 of 31 Old 05-19-2013, 06:23 PM Thread Starter
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Awkward cross or gaited cross?

I just bought this guy about a week ago.
The people who had him weren't sure of what he was...they said "paint" because he's pinto colored, initially they bought him because they thought he would be gaited. But when I had a pre purchase exam done on him, my vet also thought he was gaited.
He is not gaited though. He has an awkward skinny hind end(lacking muscle tone). back legs were xrayed by vet, and he is sound. So that's not the problem.
But I'm having a hard time getting my saddle to fit him... it's a medium tree cheyenne springs tucker saddle. he's thin built little guy, so a medium tree should fit him. but it rolls when I try mounting from the ground. I have tried a regular round skirt pad on him and a thin square felt pad, saddle still rolls.
I'm wondering if he has Arab in him? He lifts his tail slightly when he runs, and his ears remind me of an arab a little. His nostrils are not as large as an arab though. He displays some of the same mannerisms that my previous qh/paint/arab mare had...but she was more stoutly built because she was 1/8 arab.

he's about 15.1 hands. is a little underweight right now, but I'm working on that. and is 5 years old according to the vet. I bought him for general trail riding. but was hoping to do competitive trail riding with him...

Just looking for some ideas on if he might be arab cross? or gaited cross isn't gaited...? hoping it will help me figure out my saddle issue.

Thank you for any tips or help!



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post #2 of 31 Old 05-19-2013, 06:26 PM
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He just looks like a paint to me. Nice boy.
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A paint with a nice trot! I don't see any Arab there.
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I'm gonna say paint or paint cross.
My mare lifts her tail like and Arab, too, and she's pure STB ;)

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Perhaps a paint/TWH cross? I have a QH/TWH and folks always ask me if he is gaited-his gaits are super smooth, but he is NOT perhaps?

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post #6 of 31 Old 05-19-2013, 07:19 PM
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Originally Posted by BornToRun View Post
I'm gonna say paint or paint cross.
My mare lifts her tail like and Arab, too, and she's pure STB ;)
Ha! The other day our Quarter horse 2yr old was doing the "flag" thingy with her tail while running and snorting doesn't take an Arab!

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Maybe has some small TB in him? Looks very thoroughbred typed to me.
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I ride a reg quarter horse who constantly flags his tail, my trainers reg paint gelding also flags his tail. I would also go with paint or paint cross.

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post #9 of 31 Old 05-19-2013, 08:08 PM
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Talk about a gelding that flags like a filly...

Maybe it's because most of his tack is pink?

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post #10 of 31 Old 05-20-2013, 12:03 AM Thread Starter
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maybe I was just being hopeful he had Arab in him so we could have a chance at some endurance riding

He's a cute little guy either way, and I'm enjoying him so far.
Just need to figure out my saddle issue.

This might be a weird question, but do TWH crosses or other gaited crosses that are not actually gaited need a gaited horse saddle because regular saddles don't fit them properly?
I don't know a lot about gaited horses. This is actually the first horse I have had work out for consistent riding and be sound.


Kip sporting my saddle and tack ^ not quite fitting him right...


^ yesterday in the new pad I tried on him. you can see his awkward rear end better...

^ another butt view.

I say he has an "awkward" back end because his left hind leg is slightly taller than his right. he is slightly put off by it when the vet did the stress tests on him, but otherwise is okay(proved by x-rays). sound for trail riding, and what not. I have heard mixed thoughts on the legs from other unprofessional individuals who I have mentioned it to ~ but I'm not overly concerned with it, my vet is a really well known one and highly recommended in my area. After riding him several times with no problems the next day, and seeing him rough play in the pasture with the other geldings, I'm definitely confident in him being sound.
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