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post #1 of 8 Old 01-02-2012, 09:07 PM Thread Starter
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Best breeds for trotting?

I currently lease an Arab and his trot is pretty bouncy and uncomfortable. His canter is very smooth, though. I've heard most Arab trots are pretty bouncy, but my instructor said he's just not a "collected" horse. I'm planning to buy a horse in the next few months and want a breed with a comfortable trot - any suggestions? Is it true that Arabian trotting is usually rough? It could just be this particular horse...

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-02-2012, 09:49 PM
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It's not the breed of the horse that matters. It's how you train them to connect and carry themselves that makes the trot easy to sit.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-02-2012, 10:49 PM
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get a TN walking horse, leave all that trotting nonsense behind
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Agree with bubba.. posting helps you ride any kind of bounce. But my boy had the biggest trot ever.. and it took me a good year to learn how to sit it. Now it's no problem.. everyone else gets on him and they can barely keep up with him :P

Your body will develop to ride the bounce out. It's about correct riding and miiiilllles in the saddle. Lots and lots of saddle time. Your muscles just need to develop and you gotta learn how to let the energy go out of your feet rather than pop you like popcorn or shake you like a Polaroid picture.

Don't go for breed.. just ride the horse you're interested in to see how he feels to you. Every horse has a different feel.
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-02-2012, 11:41 PM
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how about a Peruvian Paso
or a Saddlebred

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post #7 of 8 Old 01-02-2012, 11:56 PM
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Surprisingly, my percheron/TB/paint has a wonderful trot! Depends on the horse and their conformation. You want a good angle to their pasterns and shoulders. Horses with upright pasterns tend to have jarring trots.
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In every breed, there are smooth trotters and rough trotters. I rode a little Arab horse that, even though his trot was very big and felt different than a stock horse, it wasn't rough and it wasn't hard to ride at all.

Like Dana said, look for good shoulder and pastern angles. A horse that is upright will generally ride rougher than a horse with good angles.
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