Originally Posted by Ladytrails
EmmJayCee, welcome! We have a TWH and quarterhorse(s), too! That makes us well-rounded, right?!!? I love the gaited horses for trails, but I trust the QH for company who aren't used to the gaited energy!
Our quarter horse is the high horse in our little mini-herd and he keeps me on my toes. I think he's one step ahead of me most of the time and his personality is so funny, like a monkey dressed up like a horse. He loves to make what I call the "camel" face if I ask something new of him, he's shorter, very stocky and sturdy strong, is a very easy keeper. My son rides him in a rope halter of all things.
Our Walker is the most laid back, sweetest, even-tempered horse I've ever seen. He's a great big tall raw-boned giant of a horse with big ol' feet (not really, but it's like you're 8' off the ground when you get on him) and his favorite gait is what I call the mosey.
He's a tooter and when he does, he flexes towards his rear end with an expression of "Who did that??!!"
He's been the easiest for me to work with, seems eager to find the right answer, and picks things up quickly. He's been ridden in a snaffle as well (although I want to ride bitless) and is happy to just walk around for me, but is not soft in his turns yet. I hear people talk about gaited horses and their high energy, but he seems content to just hang about and mosey around.
Both were culls from people who had too many horses on their pasture and the Walker looked so pitiful when we got him, like a true rescue horse. It's been almost a year and a half and they are both absolutely beautiful and our Walker amazes people who saw him when he first got here.
I've spent most of our time on the ground as I was waiting on a round pen before I started riding. It's now completed and school starts next week and I'm hopeful to get started soon. It will be trial and error, but so far they've been very patient with me.