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melshorsesami 06-07-2009 04:15 PM

Help me out!
Hello everyone! I have quarter horses, but i was wondering about the gaited breeds, actually the rocky mountain horses. I am wondering what makes the rocky mountain horses a good trail horse, and to quarter horses how do they compare? Which do all of you prefer? and are they traditionally more calm than quarter horses?

SpiritJordanRivers 06-07-2009 04:34 PM

One of the four requirements for a Rocky Mountain horse is that it must be of good temperament and easy to manage. They are calm horses and have a natural ambling four beat gait that is similar to the walk. They are so smooth that they are good trail horses.

twogeldings 06-07-2009 04:48 PM

In general, I have found gaited horses to be excellent trail mounts because of their utterly smooth ride and awesome ground cover.
Personally I don't think you can get much calmer than your standard Quarter Horse. It can be strange going from non-gaited to gaited. I have found that gaited's have a quicker stride and it may seem as if they are constantly 'rushing' when they are really just moving along at a regular gait. They DO take some getting used to.

Gaits pretty much eliminate saddle soreness, even on long rides
Can cover ground quickly and efficiently
Tend to be flashy with a pretty head and tail carriage

Some gaited horses are never taught to canter, and hence only walk/trot.
May irritate trail partners whom's horses don't stride like a gaited, and have troubles keeping up
It can take time to be able to identify a gait and keep a horse in it. Gaited's can trot and some do. Many gaited horses have multiple gaits, which can be difficult to identify.

Quarter Horse
Gaits are easy to identify, such as walk-trot-lope-gallop
In general, slower and easy going, make for a relaxing ride
Trail partners don't usually have troubles keeping up.

Very high chance of being saddle sore after a long ride
May not be able to keep up with fast-walking gaited's

It may seem like the gaited horse has a lot of 'cons'. In reality, their just different. I would recommended a gaited horse to anyone, especially older people or people with past injuries that can ache because of a bouncier ride. I love riding my gaited's, it's smooth, it's comfortable, and I adore how they display themselves.

I broke my back about three years back. I rode a QH with a very smooth trot on a trail ride and I was sore all over afterwards. I ride my Foxtrotter all over the place, and hop off with no aches or pains.
Unless he does something spooking or trotting :lol:

melshorsesami 06-07-2009 11:07 PM

thank you for your answers if anyone else has any opinion on the gaited horses i'd love to hear them

RockNRoll 06-08-2009 01:36 PM

Agree with all the posts. I was a quarter horse person until the arthritis in my neck made it too painful to ride as much as I wanted. I switched to gaited horses and then 10 years ago traveled to Kentucky to learn more about the Rocky Moutain horse breed. I learned a great deal. The Rocky Mountain horse is bred for a calm disposition and a natural evenly timed four beat gait. The Mountain horse four gaits; walk, show, pleasure and canter. Some people do not like to canter their horses because they do not want thier horse to accidently slip out of gait into a canter. The

melshorsesami 06-09-2009 09:19 PM

:DI'm still very interested in other people's opinions

westerngirl 06-12-2009 01:55 AM

Well - I just had a chance to ride some wonderful mountain horses owned by RockNRoll this week and can tell you first hand they are great. They have pretty heads with strong rounded jaws. They have a compact body style which enables them to make quick turns. They have sweet personalities. And riding them makes you laugh - the feeling is so smooth and so fast - it is amazing. I think that I am in love. I have an invitation to a big farm in Stanton Kentucky and, if their mountain horses are anything like what I have seen so far, I plan to bring one home with me. Wish me luck.

mountainhorse44 06-16-2009 11:23 PM

Mountain Horses are wonderful trail mounts. I find that mountain horses with a lower rack tend to be smoother riding horses then the ones with the high flashy rack. They have a fairly tractable temperment and love, love affection. They are very people oriented, more so then I've seen from other breeds and seem to enjoy human company more so then horses. They dont normally get buddy sour either. Ours can go out and away from the barn and the other horse will neigh and neigh and he just keeps on truckin like he doesnt hear him. Although most are very even tempered, like all breeds there are exceptions to the rule. I would say, that there is no comparison to quarter horses, bar none. Many rockies are stocky built, if you like that look, like the quarter horse, but are smooth to ride, easy to get along with and will leave a quarter horse in the dust. Or if you prefer to walk along on a trail they can do that too. Gaited horses are not hotheaded or high strung like some people make them out to be, most are extremely tractable and can and will do anything a quarter horse can. There was a TWH that won the Extreme Cowboy race not too long ago, they can cut cows, barrel race or just about anything else. Rockies were bred to do everything in one little horse, navigate rough terrain, be surefooted, work a plow in a field, as well as be the family horse and carriage horse, as well as working cattle in the hills of KY. They have it all wrapped up in a little package.

mountainhorse44 06-16-2009 11:28 PM

Although Rockies can and do come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very stout and thick built, some are more slender. Our gelding is more lanky built with a more curvy profile then the little black gelding we're buying. He's more stout built, like a tank. They all come in different sizes, this gelding has a very thick mane and tail verses mine who has a thin mane and tail. Some have barely any mane at all.

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