Arabs and gaited horses
The group I ride with all have gaited mounts (2 TWH's 2 Missouri Foxtrotters, and a Rocky Mountain). I have been borrowing one of the Foxtrotters.
Now that I have started considering my own mount, I have always wanted an Arabian...so my question is, can an Arabian keep up with the gaited horses on the trail? I intend to use my horse for trail riding, hunting and field trialing with my dog.
What say you all?
Yes, but remember when they go into gait you will go into a trot. You will be posting to trot to be comfortable. You will be worn out by the end of the ride.
If they are a group that just likes to walk their horses on the trail you will have no problem. If they like to canter you won't have a problem either. Trotting is the only difference.
The canter will also be MUCH smoother with a gaited horse.
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I beg to differ on the canter being smoother. My Foxtrotter has the funkiest canter I have ever ridden! They also tend to go into and out of a pace when you get to the speed of a canter. My non-gaited horse (a Mustang) has a smoother canter, hands down.
The main problem I find riding a non-gaited horse with a gaited horse, is the "flat walk." I call it the speed walk. A lot of gaited horse folks seem to push for the speed walk, and it makes it really hard for most non-gaited horses to keep up. Because their walk is hard to match on a non-gaited horse, and if you trot you are going too fast. So it's a weird in-between speed.
I find the trot matches up to the foxtrot or running walk speed wise, but you will be trotting while they glide. I finally gave in and bought a foxtrotter so I could have a gaited and a non-gaited horse, so I could match speeds with both groups of friends I ride with. But my Foxtrotter isn't really set in her gaits well, so I drift in and out of all sorts of speeds and gaits. It's really weird when you are used to having only 3 gears, lol!
PS. As a breed I love Arabians, I've owned two. :)
Yes it is weird! I still haven't gotten used to the gaited horse's gears...coming from a background of almost exclusively arab/quarter crosses and full-blood quarters.
With this group - they revere their gaited mounts, so they are always pushing for the faster walk...I know I would be left in the dust and beat myself up on a quarter trying to keep up.
I suppose this raises another question then...anyone crossing arabs and gaited horses that throw gaited foals consistently? Probably not the way to go. Maybe I can swing an Arabian for myself and a second, gaited horse, <cough> also for me <cough> errrrr.......for the better half. hahaha
An Arabian cannot keep up with gaited horses. The gaited horses will have to stop and wait for you to catch up.
I really haven't seen anyone slow down and have to wait. There are gaiteds here that are trained to walk slowly. Everything comes down to the basics of how well trained the horse is and how considerate other riders are.
My Bashkir Curly X Arab cross does wonderful with gaited horses, as she is gaited herself :D We were told that she was by a Bashkir Curly stud and out of a "gaited" Arabian mare. Turns out, she exhibits the Curly Shuffle (derived from the Appaloosa shuffle) so she keeps up well with gaited horses. I have ridden her with Tennesee Walkers and Paso Finos quite often and she keeps up with the best of them. She looks like a Arab, but with curls lol
My friend also had a Morab mare that also seemed "gaited." That was most likely from the Morgan side though, as some can be gaited.
Here is a pic of my mare...
Conformationally an Arab is pretty similar to the RMH/KMSH I work with. There is actually an Arab at the farm for training now and I was shocked at how similar his build is. He's supposed to be an Egyptian, but I really don't know that much about Arabs. My geldings sire, Storm Traveler, has been crossed with Arabs and Arab/QH and all of the foals have come out gaited. That doesn't mean that it will always happen though.
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