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post #11 of 22 Old 10-03-2008, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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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/
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post #12 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 03:29 PM
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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
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post #13 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 03:42 PM
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most gaited horses are morre fragile then other horses. I used to own a paso fino and he couldn't have carried that much weight.

I'd go for a draft cross or something for you..
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post #14 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 03:45 PM
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I have four rideable Walkers. Two are 15hh and under, two are 16hh and up. They come in every shape and size! I love this breed so much. They carry my mom who is about your size better than my big hunk of a QH does at faster speeds. You're also pretty likely to find a great bombproof one.

Best of luck!

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post #15 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 08:37 PM
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What about an Icelandic? While they may be on the smaller size, they are sturdy little suckers.
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post #16 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 09:12 PM
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What about an Icelandic? While they may be on the smaller size, they are sturdy little suckers.
WAAAY too small for what she's looking for I think. That's like buying a Donkey or a Burro.
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post #17 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 09:40 PM
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True, but out of all this fragile talk, Iceys sure aren't. Lol
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post #18 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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I actually really like icelandics, but since I'm 5.6 feet tall I think I would just look and feel ridiculous on one. Plus, I've heard different things regarding what weight icelandics can carry, so I don't really know what to think.
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post #19 of 22 Old 10-04-2008, 10:25 PM
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Well, just go at full Tolt and no one is going to see you long enough to judge how "ridiculous" you look. Hah, I haven't even seen you, but I don't think you would look ridiculous.... Funny maybe, at first.... But once you get going, it should x that out.

Hah, I was talking to one of my older friends. She made the comment that the older you get, the shorter your horses get. Easier to get on, and less distance between you and the ground.

http://www.icelandics.org/
"Averaging 13 to 14 hands tall, the Icelandic Horse is a versatile family riding horse, bred to carry adults at a fast pleasing gait over long distances."
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post #20 of 22 Old 10-05-2008, 07:29 AM
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hey, if george foreman can ride icelandics (and he does, he owns some) im pretty sure you can !
Im about 5'11" and I have a small icelandic mare ! She carries me without trouble ! Even when she was in foal, due in 3 months (we didn´t know at the time, I feel horrible about it now)
Just remember, the icelandics carried the vikings, with their weapons, over the icelandic terrain ! So, im pretty darn sure that they won´t crumble under you !
I LOVE icelandics ! They really can suit anyone, from beginners to top competitors !
I mean, tölt and skeið, all the regular gaits, great attitude and they look like teddybears in the winter, fluffy fluffy teddybears !

Margur er knár þótt hann sé smár, is a saying I love !
Many are nifty/capable even though they are small !

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7rWe...eature=related
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