11 Yr old Tennessee Walker- need opinions
I am looking at this 11 year old Tennessee Walker/Spotted Saddle gelding, 14.3 h.
I have been looking at gaited horses as I love their smooth ride and temperment. I am looking for a pleasure trail horse.
Could you give me some opinions on his gait...you can see it in this youtube video
I know some people mention that some gaited horses can be "pacy" and would like to know what you think.
He looks like a horse with a very good gait. First and foremost do you ride with any people a lot or just go out alone? I ask this question because up where I live people tend to think the gaited horse is the way to go only to find that most are very forward and just generally move faster than the stock horse which sometimes can cause problems when riding in a group. Then they end up trying to sell the animal in order to replace it with a stock horse and take a loss from what they paid since gaiteds just aren't that popular up north. The other problem is that if you want to mess around with any play days they often don't do well and are judged less than the stock horses. And there aren't many shows offered for gaiteds.
So if you are in the south and with a lot of other gaited riders he is worth a look. How bad a price are they asking? And do you know anything of how they operate. It sounds like they buy and sell so do they have a good reputation and a contract that if the horse doesn't work out within a certain period of time he can be returned.
Just lots of things to think about.
looks decent enough but, as always buyer beware. Get him on a short term lease. See how you like him. None of my social friends ride anything but gaited.
Thanks so much for the opinions on the gaits...so very helpful.
As far as trail...I will probably go out alone as my schedule permits...but there is a few ladies with Tennessee Walkers two stalls from me that are always asking to trail ride...so he will have company.
Also, he is 14.3 hh...and I am 5'9", 135 lbs...Do you think he would be too small for me?...(he is a bit broad/stocky also...so take that into account.)
It is really only 2 inches smaller than the 15hh horse that I usually ride...so I dont think so ...but would like your opinions on that also!
If he is a stocky horse which he looks to be his width will take up your leg so it won't be noticeable.
Here are some side shots...
Please let me know what you think of his confirmation?
He looks like a horse that will go forever. Nice short back. Neck looks thick and long on the one side and fine on the others. Darn paint horses and their optical illusions. I like his feet and his legs look strong. I think if you get him out and ride him good he will lose a bit of the chunky monkey look he has. I would guess he is an easy feeder. What are his bloodlines?
Thanks for that opinion...that helps..
To answer your question he is a registered Tennessee Walking Horse and Spotted Saddle. Walking pedigree is Go Boy's Sun Dust (WGC), Pride of Midnight H.F.
He is a good trail horse and level headed.
He is a bit of a chunky monkey...but has been losing it since spring. The previous owners did not ride him as much lately...but he has been being ridden more since spring and has dropped a bit of weight since then.
Any other helpful comments are welcome!!
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