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Horribilis 04-14-2010 08:15 PM

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?

Macslady 04-14-2010 09:26 PM

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.

equiniphile 04-14-2010 09:28 PM

The canter will also be MUCH smoother with a gaited horse.
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trailhorserider 04-14-2010 09:59 PM

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. :)

Horribilis 04-14-2010 10:13 PM

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

twh 04-14-2010 10:22 PM

An Arabian cannot keep up with gaited horses. The gaited horses will have to stop and wait for you to catch up.

Macslady 04-15-2010 05:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Horribilis (Post 605329)
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

They don't cross them often. It's a 50/50 shot if they will gait or not. Look around there are some of the Rocky Mountains that have a very definite Arab look to them. Or if you can afford it get a gaited and non gaited. We have QH and gaited so we can ride with our friends. But we also have been on trail rides with a mixture of both.

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.

Curly_Horse_CMT 04-15-2010 07:58 AM

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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...

Jacksmama 04-15-2010 08:36 AM

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.

Plains Drifter 04-15-2010 10:28 AM

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Originally Posted by Curly_Horse_CMT (Post 605573)
Turns out, she exhibits the Curly Shuffle (derived from the Appaloosa shuffle)
Here is a pic of my mare...

Do you have any video of this shuffle?


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