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    08-03-2010, 11:16 PM
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Foal
TWH question

Ok I know this is a highly sensitive subject. It is for me too, I am new to the walking horse and gaited horse world. I own the most wonderful walking horse stallion in the world he is almost 4, I've basically broke him on my own. I would love to show at some local shows, (nothing big). BUT I am wondering can you show gaited classes without making a horse uncomfortable or being abusive or even borderline abusive. I ask about a "headseat" on a previous post, and got alot of sarcastic remarks. I am just wanting to know if you can show these horses and it be something THEY can enjoy not be miserable, if so I don't want any part of it. I will just trail ride :).

And please If you can't post in a friendly manner, don't respond.
     
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    08-03-2010, 11:27 PM
  #2
Green Broke
You don't have to show in the Big Lick. Light shod and gaited pleasure seen like nice classes to me. No big shoes and scary sky-high front legs. Also, versatility classes seen like a lot of fun to me. Jump your Walker, barrel race, trail classes...
     
    08-03-2010, 11:45 PM
  #3
Banned
You can show in plantation or lite-shod classes. These classes are designed to show off a TWH's natural gait. Heres a pretty good example




Not all walking horses that are shown are abused. I know people who show (and win) in plantation/lite-shod barefoot. A good walker is a naturally gaited one. Notice in this video that the horse does not carry a 'headset'. Reining a walker in so tight as to get a 'headset' is counter-productive in my opinion. A walker needs freedom of head motion in order to keep gaits as smooth as possible.
     
    08-05-2010, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
You can show in plantation or lite-shod classes. These classes are designed to show off a TWH's natural gait. Heres a pretty good example

YouTube - Tennessee Walking Horse Gelding Showing



Good example of the headset, but not of the natural gait...

That horse is pacing 100% of the time. I'm surprised someone would enter a show like that! You'd think they'd know what a pace was...
     
    08-05-2010, 01:44 PM
  #5
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CM, After watching that video, I agree. I watched a few strides and thought she looked ok. Now, watching the whole thing, she doesnt seem very naturally gaited. Funny thing is, she won that class. Or atleast that's what the comment on youtube said! Its so hard to find good, naturally gaited horses these days. Atleast in my area!

Our SSH was obviously bred for color. He isn't well conformed and his gaits need constant refinement. If you are slacking off in your riding, he will pace you right out of the saddle!
     
    08-05-2010, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by corinowalk    
CM, After watching that video, I agree. I watched a few strides and thought she looked ok. Now, watching the whole thing, she doesnt seem very naturally gaited. Funny thing is, she won that class. Or atleast that's what the comment on youtube said! Its so hard to find good, naturally gaited horses these days. Atleast in my area!

Our SSH was obviously bred for color. He isn't well conformed and his gaits need constant refinement. If you are slacking off in your riding, he will pace you right out of the saddle!
It's really sad how many of them are pacey. The BL Walkers are even bred to be pacey now.

I see SO many riders with pacing horses and most of them are completely oblivious. And apparently some judges are too!

I guess people just assume their horse is gaiting correctly if they aren't bouncing. I don't think a lot of people know just how complicated the gaits really are.

I have a MFT, so her gait is diagonal. I can feel it as soon as she starts thinking about switching to a square or lateral gait. I HATE the side-to-side motion of the pace and stepping pace... I would choose a bumpy trot over it any day.
     
    08-05-2010, 01:49 PM
  #7
Yearling
I think this is a pretty good video example.

     
    08-05-2010, 01:54 PM
  #8
Yearling
Sorry for the double post. But I just realized they are holding their horses on a tight reign for the head set. I have seen smaller shows (like at county fairs) where the horses are ridden on a looser reign with their natural head set
     
    08-05-2010, 01:57 PM
  #9
Started
How about him?







Nice loose rein, head on the vertical.... I also love how rounded and collected he is - much different from the way most of them are ridden.
     
    08-05-2010, 02:00 PM
  #10
Super Moderator
I have a girl that rides my walking horse and she has done some local open shows and won the classes. Sierra has not been trained professionally so her gaits are "all-natural"....
     

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