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Lafitte 11-25-2012 09:32 PM

fast twh
How do u trail ride with gaited horses that walk a lot faster than quarter horse and they end up being way out in front of you and you're alone?

Darrin 11-25-2012 10:35 PM

Go buy a walker for yourself!

Truly it's not easy to mix gaited with non gaited horses. If that group wont work to stay down at your speed you have a couple choices. Try your best to stay up, get a walker for yourself or go find another group to ride with.

Joe4d 11-25-2012 10:53 PM

ride faster, ride alone, ride with different people. pretty much it.

Lafitte 11-25-2012 11:12 PM

Yeah I was thinking the same thing. Plus my horse doesn't it like it when they leave him but good point, their gaited and they walk a lot faster than my QH. I've actually started just working on riding out alone. But what do you say when the people invite you though?

Darrin 11-25-2012 11:15 PM

Be willing to always give it a try but be ready to not go a second time. Be honest in your replies to their queries on why you go or don't go.

Lafitte 11-25-2012 11:20 PM

Good point. But sometimes they just don't get it, they don't understand that you don't want to ride with them because they do walk faster + I don't like riding in big groups (over 3). Me and my horse feel tight and it isn't pleasant.

kim_angel 11-26-2012 05:18 AM

My husband has a TWH and I have a QH. We have the same issue as you do.
He just doubles back every now and then or tries to get his horse to walk behind mine and slooow down! :)

alexis rose 11-26-2012 05:36 AM

I have that problem with my Appaloosa. He walks faster than the Walking horses! I usually have to double back until he settles down and then he will walk behind somebody else. I am working on him walking slower but he is young and it is taking awhile. :-(

Cacowgirl 11-26-2012 08:31 AM

Gaited horses are usually known as fast movers, Some QH's are very slow moving,so right off there's an issue. You have to be honest w/the other riders & let them know that it just isn't fun for you to be left behind, & that sometimes a large group is more than you want to handle on a particular day.

Tianimalz 11-26-2012 08:40 AM

As the sole owner of a gaited horse in my current trail riding "band", I can say it's a bit tricky at first :lol: If the person on the gaited horse is willing, they CAN keep a horse reined in and at a more steady walk, it's possible with seat cues. That method does however tend to annoy my mare for too long, so sometimes I'll let her walk at her breakneck pace to get it out of her system, and then we rejoin the other non-gaited riders :lol:

My second horse is an appy/paint, she has a slow as snail pace... but with a little conditioning we are training her to walk a little faster, and keeping Indie a little slower so we can walk together. It just takes a little time and effort and even then not all horses respond to it.

Good luck!!

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