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        06-02-2008, 07:55 AM
      #11
    Super Moderator
    I don't think walking horses are highstrung at all. I used to board at a walking horse facility. In fact, that's where my old Blackhorse came from. They do have a lot of "get up and go" but they were the safest most reliable trail horses I had ever seen, that's why I ended up with the old BlackHorse, when the went bankrupt I had to give him a good home.

    Most of the boarders there were over 50, there were a couple in their 70's. The TWH's look like they are impossible to handle with their heads all up in the air and there mouths chomping at their bits but they are amazingly gentle. I would definetly try one, I've never ridden a Rocky Mountain, but I've never heard anything bad about them, only praise so they would be worth trying and you'll laugh at this one but...

    Mules are REALLY smooth... You might want to try a mule too, good ones are hard to find though, but they are worth their weight in gold when you do find one, AND you can get them gaited as well... I believe....
         
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        06-02-2008, 08:03 AM
      #12
    Showing
    We have a friend who raises/trains mules that has been crossing to some gaited breeds. He keeps hitting us up about breeding to our girls. He said he would buy any foals, just not sure if I want to breed Vida again. I love the long ears though and a gaited one would be extra special.
         
        06-02-2008, 08:34 AM
      #13
    Super Moderator
    You'd never be able to sell... Those great big floppy ears and those big brown eyes... Oh you'd bet he owner of a gaited mule for sure!!!
         
        06-02-2008, 08:46 AM
      #14
    Weanling
    I have a Missouri Fox Trotter that is extremely kind, gentle, and laid back.They are so much fun to ride and I don't feel like I've been put throught he ringer when I get off of him after a long ride. I think like any other horse breed it depends on the individual.
         
        06-02-2008, 08:57 AM
      #15
    Trained
    Gaited Mule....I'd LOVE one. At the Chuckwagon races we recently went to there were quite a few...... The "older" folks were riding them and they looked smooth as silk! AND they were adorable!!! There were also a few non-gaited mules that were there, really really neat animals! I never did see one "act up".
         
        06-02-2008, 09:15 AM
      #16
    Showing
    Good for you for looking at them. I know of a lady on another forum who has had her lower back fused (unusure as to the cause). She has a passion for horses. She used to own a draft horse but due to her surgery made a switch to gaited horses.

    She swear by them I believe her. There is a guy local to me who breeds spotted drafts to Tennesse Walkers. He gets gaited half drafts. Pretty neat.

    Here is a link you should enjoy reading:
    http://www.gaitedhorses.net/Special.htm

    I'm sure the lovely lady in question wouldn't mind getting in touch with you to share her experience with these guys. Just pm me :)
         
        06-02-2008, 10:01 AM
      #17
    Super Moderator
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by My2Geldings
    Good for you for looking at them. I know of a lady on another forum who has had her lower back fused (unusure as to the cause). She has a passion for horses. She used to own a draft horse but due to her surgery made a switch to gaited horses.

    She swear by them I believe her. There is a guy local to me who breeds spotted drafts to Tennesse Walkers. He gets gaited half drafts. Pretty neat.

    Here is a link you should enjoy reading:
    http://www.gaitedhorses.net/Special.htm

    I'm sure the lovely lady in question wouldn't mind getting in touch with you to share her experience with these guys. Just pm me :)
    My sister in law broke her back jumping out of an airplane during desert storm. She's had her back fused a couple times, starting at the bottom and working up, I geuss the pain continues to find away... Anyway, she used to ride all the time and the pain was too much so she ahdn't in years. I let her ride my old BlackHorse and you would have thought she'd been rejuevinized. She said there was no pain whats so ever and she had a blast, she even begged me to sell him to her...
         
        06-02-2008, 10:50 AM
      #18
    Started
    The only gaited horse I have ridden is a Tennessee Walker. He was a GREAT ride. Very smooth and you don't need to post with his trot. Well actually, you can't. It's very different from a normal trot. This horse was a bit crazy though and I actually had a nasty fall on him. But gait-wise he was awesome.

    I'm sorry to hear about your back.
         
        06-02-2008, 12:03 PM
      #19
    Green Broke
    Whenever my back goes out, I always hop on a racking horse and go for a trail ride. Their 4 beat lateral gait does wonders for working the kinks out of my back!

    Temperment/"Go Forwardness" will depend on the individual. The most important thing when purchasing a gaited horse..is, well, the gait. If they don't hit a true lick (rack/running walk), you stand more of a chance of hurting your back further!
         
        06-02-2008, 12:24 PM
      #20
    Showing
    Another example how horses can work miracles with old, serious injuries.
         

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