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Nomi 09-29-2008 02:45 PM

Tall Gaited Horses?
 
I have a question about gaited horse breeds. You see, I'm planning to buy a horse in about 3-5 years, and I would like to have a gaited horse. Now, I'm a large person, and I would not want a horse under 16 hands, or able to carry 200 pounds of person plus tack (I may lose the weight by then, but even at my ideal weight I am not a dainty person). Most of the gaited breeds I look at are quite small, 14-15 hands. Are there any that are larger?

kickshaw 09-29-2008 03:47 PM

Tennessee Walking horse or Missouri Fox Trotter - they tend to be on the larger side

Curly_Horse_CMT 09-30-2008 12:02 PM

Tall gaited breeds
 
Yeah, I would say that Missouri Fox Trotters and Tennessee Walkers along with possibly the Saddlebreds are usually 16 hands usually, maybe plus. There are some exceptions, however. Paso Finos are a small breed, but they were bred to carry 200 lb + men that have long legs plus tack. It all depends on what you are looking for in paticular.

My2Geldings 09-30-2008 02:31 PM

There is a guy near me who breeds spotted drafts with walkers. Interesting mix I'm sure but he gets gaited, larger bred horses. I'm sure if you keep searching you should be able to find someone who either breeds them or has a horse for sale.

Is there a particular reason why you are looking for a gaited horse?

kickshaw 09-30-2008 02:39 PM

^^^ she's looking because they're awesome :lol:

Curly_Horse_CMT 09-30-2008 03:16 PM

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Originally Posted by kickshaw
^^^ she's looking because they're awesome :lol:

Agreed!!!

Nomi 10-01-2008 12:10 AM

I'm considering a gaited horse because I'm currently interested in just trail riding, learning to ride well, and possibly something else, especially if my horse shows promise in a sport, but not in a very competitive way. I think I would like a smoother ride and I do find I like the looks of many gaited breeds. Of course, who knows what horse turns out to be right for me.

irisheyes12 10-02-2008 09:05 PM

Good for your for planning ahead! Saddlebred's tend to be on the "fragile" side compared to MFT's and TWH's. If you're looking for a nice, well built gaited horse with size too i'd look for a well bred TWH personally. If I were in the market for a trail horse with size i'd be shopping for a foundation Quarter Horse but that's just because I like to trot, not rack :wink:

farmpony84 10-03-2008 04:14 PM

My tennessee walker was 16 hands and 1200 lbs in his younger days, that's a big dude... Now that he's 29 he's still 16 hands at the withers but his back has swayed over time :P

...And I agree, gaited horses are awesome...

irisheyes12 10-03-2008 07:03 PM

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Originally Posted by farmpony84
My tennessee walker was 16 hands and 1200 lbs in his younger days, that's a big dude... Now that he's 29 he's still 16 hands at the withers but his back has swayed over time :P

...And I agree, gaited horses are awesome...

Swaying of the back is very common in gaited breeds it seems. My barn onwers rescued a TWH/QH cross and he had a swayed back.


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