Originally Posted by Nomi
Thanks again everyone. Out of curiosity, I googled TWH's in Alberta and there are a handful of farms not too far away, one pretty close to Edmonton (I'll be going back for the summer). Would it be advisable to go check out some of the horses to see if I like the breed, if any of the farms allow visitors? Even if I do not plan to purchase a horse for another few years?
This is the closest one... what do you think of their horses, quality wise? http://www.tennesseewalkinghorses.ca/
The Walking Horse world has a saying: "Ride one today, own one tomorrow", so be careful about looking and riding too far in advance of your plans 8)
My idiot neighbor just sold the MOST fantastic, 16+H Spotted Walker you would ever want for trail riding. The man is 6'3" tall and close to 300 pounds. That horse carried him up and down some pretty dicy trails without wavering.
I say idiot because he sold his best trail horse, is divorcing his wife, has forsaken his two teenage children, all for the sake of ----------
well just take a guess because I can't keep it clean past what I just typed
Anyway, that horse would've been a "good-un" for you 8)
If you do decide to ride some gaited horses between now and purchase time, keep in mind two horses won't feel the same in their intermediate gaits.
Two of my three Walkers do the running walk and it feels very different on each of them. One is 16H with a long, lanky athletic build, the other is around 15.2H short-coupled and stocky-built like a QH. When I bought the latter, I had to listen to his footfall to be sure what he was doing because he feels so much different than the tall, lanky guy