Join Date: May 2008
Location: Flinthills, Tallgrass of Kansas
• Horses: 0
Howdy! Siss.. Love your horses..I think when Vida talks about not troting she refers to the show ring or breeders that frown on any troting or pacing, These breaders are mainly concerned with the signature gait of the breed and sometimes overlook the other traits that the paticular breed offers. In peruvian paso's for example the horses used to be know for hard feet, strong for the size, and big lungs for long trips up and down the andies mountain ranges. They were used by the common folk for farming and more closely resembled the Mountain horses of eastern Ketucky, but over the years the rich breeders were only concerned with the gait breeding more animated and flashy horses and over time they have lost some of the traits they were famous for, They are slighter in frame, smaller footed, and the endurance just isnt there any more. But man can they gait..I hope the Rocky Mountain Breeders take a lesson from this. They are all to obessed with breeding for the silver dapple color and a smoother gait when the true beauty of the breed is the temperment, strength, and good sound feet. Vida and I both walk, trot, and canter our Rockies as well as gait them. This devlopes all the horses muscle groups and will give you a much sounder animal. Don West used to breed only peruvian paso horses but started crossing them to Mountain horses to try to give them back more size, strength and better temperment. I think that is the biggest myth busted about the gaited horse, they trot and gallop as good as any breed if not better. Also my sassyfras is as cowy as any quarter horse I have been around she loves to push them cows.
"Horses raise what the farmer eats and eats what the farmers raises" "You can't plow in the ground and get gasoline"...Will Rogers 1932