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post #11 of 26 Old 05-01-2012, 03:52 PM
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my dear, gaited horses are a dream to ride! Here is the best way I can think of explaining it: you are going as fast as a normal trot, but you are moving along so smoothly that you could hold an egg in a spoon and not have to worry about it bobbing unless you of your own accord made it move. The smoothness is amazing and the speed is comfortable as well. Gaited horses have multiple uses as well, often excelling in multiple disciplines. If you want larger I would suggest a twh or a bigger fox trotters. I see you are moving to Alberta, what part of Alberta? I know of some fox trotter ranches in Montana and one that produces some of the most amazing fox trotters imo EVER, but they are located in Spokane. I don't know a lot about the Canada horse market, but here in ND you can get younger horses, some gaited, for under $1000, some under $700 even.
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post #13 of 26 Old 05-01-2012, 04:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie View Post
It is soooo exciting to consider the world is my oyster! Can someone please explain to me how the different gaits of a gaited horse feel? I have never seen one in the flesh, let alone ridden one. My horsey experience is as English as can be.... would I enjoy riding erm gaits, could I ??!
Since I haven't ridden every type of gaited horse I can't claim to have eperienced all there gaits (and since the Saddlebreds I rode supposedly were pacing vs racking I can't claim to have done that either ), but with the two breeds that I have ridden (and it's been a lot of years since then) it was like the horse is walking REALLY fast. You don't post (obviously) you just sit and sort of move with the motion of the horse. It's a bit like trying to explain how a canter or gallop feels. They're smoother and faster than a trot? The TWH has a running walk and that's about what it is. A walk with speeds like a trot.
But like I said earlier, if you want a gaited horse make sure they gait before you get them. Being a gaited breed doesn't mean the horse will be gaited. I have friends that two of their Walkers are not gaited and don't do the running walk. They'll trot up a storm, but never a running walk. Where as the TWH stallion we had in my youth resisted trotting with a passion and would slip to a running walk or even break into a canter to get out of a trot if you forced him to trot and didn't keep on him every second (not that anyone really did, since we rode him for the smooth ride).

However, I'm not saying you should get any specific breed. You need to look at what you want, what breeds stand the best chance of providing what you want and then check out what's available with those breeds. To use myself as an example. I obviously like riding a gaited horse. However, I had such a hard time trying to find a gaited horse that met the physical attributes I required that I went with one that did, even though it wasn't likely to be gaited (GG have Saddlebred in them, so the potential to be gaited technically exists, but is unlikely). But my filly (a mare in about 2 weeks) has just over 9" cannon bones and my mare has 9.5", so I know when I finish with them they should have about 10" or more.
Of course I have people tell me it's a waste that I don't have them trained for show, because they have lovely action in their trot and my mare loves to jump (unridden) the 45" dividing fence between pastures, even though the gate only 3' away and open. But I bought them because they met the physical requirements I had and that's all that matters to me.
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Really, now that you're about to move to North America, I don't think that there is a limitation on what breed to get. Perhaps it might be more difficult to find what you've been riding, but I'm pretty sure that SOMEBODY in the US or Canada is probably breeding it, if you're willing to drive miles or pay for shipping. Just use the Net to search, and polish up your patience. =b
RE: gaited horses, you should try riding a gaited horse. I understand that the ecliptic spring which made buggies popular in the 19th century saw the end of many European gaited breeds. Here, the roads were not as good, the demand was higher, and the numbers of gaited horses grew, as well as in South America. Gaited horses naturally perform a rhythmic 4-beat gait at the speed of a trot. The most comfortable ones are very smooth, and owners love to display this by drinking a Coke (or other beverages) while they ride their horse's Running Walk, or Amble or Foxtrot, or the others (memory of the other names escapes me...) If you are most comfortable on a Tall gaited horse, then you would be most comfortable with Tennessee Walking Horses bc they were bred down from a Canadian Percheron line. Both my TWH, "Merry Boy's Hart", (2004, RIP) and my KMH were/are 16'2hh or over and my 6yo gelding is big boned with substantial hooves.

There are tall Missouri Fox Trotters, but most other gaited breeds are on bred to be on the small side. =(
BTW, I've owned several 1/2-TWH'ers and EVERY ONE OF THEM gaited. IMO the genetics for TWH's is pretty strong. Be warned however, with TWH's, they have 2 additional gaits:
(1) the pace
(2) the broken washing machine. TRUE, but ROFL, anyway!

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post #15 of 26 Old 05-01-2012, 05:03 PM
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I missed the part about riding sidesaddle, I know very very little but I know of some people around here that ride their warmbloods and/or thoroughbreds sidesaddle, and they look like good fits!

I have no experience with gaited horses so I am no help there but my two favorite sites to browse on are kijiji.ca (tones of range and lots of selection but hard to narrow down on searches) and Horses for Sale | Horse Classifieds, Pictures, Horse Trailers - Equine.com (usually more expensive horses as you have to pay for ad w/ picture but great search engine and lots of horses here in Alberta)

Will you be looking for boarding barns as well? Or be on a farm? Kijiji is great for boarding barns as well and winters can be a bit tough up north but good blankets and a heated indoor arena (if possible) make it easier
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post #17 of 26 Old 05-01-2012, 05:18 PM
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LOL, I can't really help with how the gaited horses feel because I've only ever ridden one and I hated it. It was very side-to-side swishy and my stomach was hurting after just a short time. I've been told he was probably pacing, but I don't know. Whatever it was, I much prefer a standard trot LOL.

A BLM Mustang is the "wild" horses that run free over in the midwest (nevada, wyoming, oregon, etc). Once they are tamed, they can make very nice horses

And, just for grins and giggles, here's my mustang that I use for ranch work.
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Originally Posted by Jumperforjoy View Post
my two favorite sites to browse on are kijiji.ca (tones of range and lots of selection but hard to narrow down on searches) and Horses for Sale | Horse Classifieds, Pictures, Horse Trailers - Equine.com (usually more expensive horses as you have to pay for ad w/ picture but great search engine and lots of horses here in Alberta)

Will you be looking for boarding barns as well? Or be on a farm? Kijiji is great for boarding barns as well and winters can be a bit tough up north but good blankets and a heated indoor arena (if possible) make it easier
Thank you for the suggestions.

We're moving to an acreage, so I'm doing a double whammy of moving home, moving country, and moving from a livery yard to a horse-at-home-owner. Oh, and moving climates too.

That's a Quadruple whammy then.

Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.
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post #19 of 26 Old 05-01-2012, 06:35 PM
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Your welcome! It's nicer to have them at home, expect for on the really ugly cold days when you still have to go out and feed :-p that really is quite the quadruple whammy though!!
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I think that Percherons are numerous in NA because the US, and I think the Canadian gov. imported some good perchy studs in the mid 1800's and had these studs available for farmers to breed to, in order to improve the quality of the average work horse. people didn't used to use drafts in early NA . Some of the percherons were also purposely released into the wild to add draft bulk to the wild horse herds, from which farmers out west drew fresh stock regularly.

I really like the looks of the "Canadian horse", which reminds me of the Australian stock horse; really nice all around horse with good bone.

How exciting for you , making all these changes. It will be really cool if you can keep a "cultural adjustment " journal to share with us.
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