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post #11 of 25 Old 07-26-2007, 09:57 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, I am looking to get competitive with the endurance riding, but also to have fun with it. I gotta admit I love the look of an Arab, so maybe I will look more into it. I am not crazy about Pasos there are a million of them down here in south Florida and they just dont do anything for me. What should be the age that I would be looking for in an endurance horse, also as I can imagine I would want something leggy and lean as opposed to a stockier build? I was thinking of some of the other gaited breeds, I am sure in a long andurance race a gaited breed would be much more comfy to ride and maybe that would help avoid rider fatigue, but what about stress on the horse because of it doing its walk? Do gaited breeds get more tired from moving how they do as opposed to normal gaits?
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post #12 of 25 Old 07-26-2007, 01:46 PM
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well a peruvian is the only breed in the world that is born gaiting, so it is very very natural to them and they feel the most comfotable doing that. as far as like a missouri fox trotter (i live in missouri so we have like a million up here) i don't think they are near as smooth and you have to continue asking them to gait, and walker as a breed don;t bite my head off are a little hot. but not all of them are just like arabs.

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post #13 of 25 Old 07-26-2007, 03:41 PM
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Have you ever looked at a Rocky Mountain? They are usually lean and leggy and are comfy to ride. I had one- never did endurance with him, but he really could have. He was happiest when he could just get out and go... very eager horse.
I've not had much experience with them, so I don't know if it's a breed trait or not, but you may have some luck there.
He was overall docile and had a 'little buddy' type of personality- but once you got out ont he trail, he just wanted to cover ground! was never pushy or rude about it though...
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post #14 of 25 Old 07-26-2007, 04:23 PM
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Ah, I didn't think of the rocky/kentucky mountain horses, good call:)
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post #15 of 25 Old 07-26-2007, 09:03 PM
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well a peruvian is the only breed in the world that is born gaiting
Born gaiting?

There are some naturally gaited mustangs, too.
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post #16 of 25 Old 07-27-2007, 03:07 PM
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hmm diden;t know mustangs were gaited. learn something new everyday.

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post #17 of 25 Old 07-31-2007, 09:07 PM
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well one of my favorite breeds is Budenny's and they are actually really good with endurance but they aren't a common breed really around here in the us and all. I love them though and want one of my own one day. Just maybe.
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post #18 of 25 Old 07-31-2007, 10:49 PM
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in australia standardbreds are becoming popular in endurance riding. i ve heard that some people are crossing the standardbred with arab.
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post #19 of 25 Old 08-01-2007, 10:18 PM
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Arabs all the way, they are spirted, and never give up. Arabs have such big hearts (and attuide) how could you go past them, although it does take a expirenced (know what they are doing) rider for most arabs, some can be a handful!!
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P.s agentspades i LOVE your piccy of that thing?? We don't have them in Australia-what is it??
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post #20 of 25 Old 08-02-2007, 02:46 AM
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:D Arabs all the way, they are spirted, and never give up. Arabs have such big hearts (and attuide) how could you go past them, although it does take a expirenced (know what they are doing) rider for most arabs, some can be a handful!! :lol:
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P.s agentspades i LOVE your piccy of that thing?? We don't have them in Australia-what is it??

Breed doesn't affect the way a horse acts. Its the way the horse is trained or brought up in most cases or just the way they are born. I have seen plenty of Arabs that are gentle as can be.
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