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post #1 of 3 Old 06-11-2010, 09:11 AM Thread Starter
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Gaited vs. non-gaited?

We have been thinking about purchasing a mule in the near future for pleasure driving and trail riding. My husband is all for it, I just can't decide if I should look for a gaited mule or non-gaited. I have only ever ridden 2 tennesee walkers, the one I was usually stuck with was a young 2yr that didn't know how to hold her gait and was sooo rough. I just couldn't get used to the gait as I am used to riding QHs and TBs. Now I've kind of been leaning toward a gaited mule due to my back problems. I often get sore riding my QH for long trail rides, and sometimes just skip riding because my back is too sore.
So any of you that do ride gaited horses/mules, what are your thoughts? Would it be easier on my back or even more jaring? Would a gaited mule be suitable for driving as well?
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It will absolutely be easier on your back. I highly suggest you get an older mule (at least 7 or 8) that is "set in his gaits." Otherwise you'll have the problem you had with the Walker - I'm guessing she was pacing, which is an extremely rough gait which some lazy or unfit gaited horses will do when allowed to. It can be very difficult to fix a pacey or trotty horse or mule, which is why I suggest you get one set in his gaits.

And yes, gaited horses/mules can absolutely be driven : ]
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-15-2010, 05:27 PM
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Go for it. Go with an older one that knows his gait and can perform it with comfort to the rider
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