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seabreeze 09-14-2012 08:39 PM

horse shopping
I'm currently horse shopping for a nice trail horse. I have always had Arabs and did 15 years of endurance on them. Had some wrecks on a crazy one and nearly killed us both. Now my confidence is pretty low. I don't do endurance any longer, just trail ride with my husband. I got a mountain pleasure gaited horse 2 years ago and she is great on the ground but is terrified on the trail! Great in the arena tho. But that isn't what I want to do. I have tried with her for 2 full years and she isn't getting a whole lot better. I "thought" I could bring her around but she is a project and whatever happened to her in her younger years.... she may never completely get over it. She is still a skiddish girl around my husband. She really distrusts men!
anyway, she is sold to a friend who wants to do arena work with her and that will be good for her.
I'm going to go look at a "trail savy" Appy tomorrow and then on Friday, I'm riding with a friend who has a Morgan she wants to place. I'm not even sure what breed to go with. But I'm looking for one with a calm brain but likes to go forward with some nice trotting and can keep up with my husband's Arab who is NOT very fast but she likes to trot out.
I like the sounds of the Morgan... the set up deal would work for both of us and he's a gelding. I'm NOT set on a gelding but I'm leaning toward that direction. I've had ALL mares except one gelding.
Can anyone tell me what a Morgan is usually like? Calm or no? But then again... baggage can change the whole picture. My mountain pleasure horse, awesome pedigree. Talked to breeders in kentucky and gave them the pedigree info and then told them what she is like and they can't believe it. Does not match to her pedigree at all. So something traumatic happened to her in her life causing her to be afraid and carry no trust. poor thing....

OneFastHorse 09-14-2012 09:00 PM

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Have you thought about a Paso Fino?

They can def keep up with a trotting horse and you will have a much more comfortable ride than your husband ;)

As with all breeds, some bloodlines and individuals can be more energetic than others. Once you try a nice relaxed, calm Paso you won't want to ride anything else.

I've only had mine 5 days and I already dread getting back on my QH and Arab cross for trails lol

Heres a pic of my Paso: (he's 15h)

Inga 09-14-2012 09:08 PM

I showed a few morgan horses years ago, trail rode several as well. I had a friend who's favorite breed was the Morgan horse and she owned 5 of them. They were all amazing. There was one that was a bit of a bully but for the most part, they were all level headed horses. Obviously, each one is an individual with different temperaments but over all, my experiences were always positive. Good luck with your horse search. Gaited breeds tend to be nice for trails too. Just a thought.

Celeste 09-14-2012 09:26 PM

When I was in college, I rode a Morgan. He was pretty level headed and had lots of "go", but his trot would rattle the fillings out of your teeth. He was terribly rough. I don't know it this is typical of the breed.

seabreeze 09-14-2012 09:52 PM

No gaited horses for me. I can't stand riding them. It hurts my back something awful. i need to post and move and I'm happy. I know..... everyone says gaited is for people who do have back issues but I'm just weird I guess.... I couldn't do it. It drove me nuts. I even rode a friend's horse who she said rides as smooth as glass. I had to get OFF, I was so uncomfortable. I guess after riding trotting horses for 30 years, I'm set in my ways.
Had to keep going to the chiropractor tho after riding my gaited horse. He'd fix me and I felt great til I rode again :(

Celeste 09-14-2012 09:53 PM

That is the first time that I have heard someone say that a gaited horse hurts their back.

WickedNag 09-14-2012 09:54 PM

Find yourself a nice quarter horse or paint. :) Not saying a Morgan wouldn't be right as I think there is a good horse in every breed but I think of Morgans more in the class of a Arab. Little more spunk :)

seabreeze 09-14-2012 10:13 PM

I don't mind spunk as long as they are not spooking at every bush and every noise. My Arabs were always like "OMG, a WHITE rock! OMG, the dirt just changed color!!" LOL..... I did have one with hardly any spook and alot of go - I loved her!! She died of a heart problem :(
I can't stand slow and ploddy. so, I'm looking for go but with a good thinking head. Rode my neighbor's foundation quarters and they were so boring.... sorry quarter people.... but I was truly so bored. I also rode my neighbor's little Appy mare and I swear she had some Arab in her! She was calm in the head but had lots of go and trotted out like any Arab would. She was great!! She was NOT for sale tho.

Celeste 09-14-2012 10:17 PM

I ride an Arab. I also own an Appy. She is big. She is beautiful. She is so boring that she sits in the pasture.

OneFastHorse 09-14-2012 11:55 PM

Pasos are pretty different from your more popular gaited horses.
Maybe u need a standardbred if u like to trot so much lol

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