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hhtoussaint 09-10-2010 05:39 PM

Thinking about getting a TWH
 
Hi,

I'm new here, and I have a question for all of you gaited horse fans. I've heard that TWH are great for people who have back problems, as it's not as jarring. But I'm worried that if I get a TWH, my daughter who is 11 years old and has a 16 year old horse (breed unknown), he's about 14 hands, stocky, will not be able to keep up with a TWH. I want to be able to go on trail rides with her out at our place and with her 4H group.

I have back problems and wonder if a gaited horse would be better for me, or if it can be just as good on a non-gaited horse while posting. I just don't know.

But, can anyone tell me, when going on trail rides, (most of the kids in 4H have QH, or paints), will a TWH be too fast?

Sorry if this sounds stupid, but I'm not sure which way to go.
Thanks

barrelracer892 09-10-2010 05:46 PM

I'm not really a gaited horse person, but I have ridden a few TWHs. I've heard that Paso Finos are extremely smooth rides, so maybe you could look around and test ride one. The speed of the horse really just depends on that particular horse. I've ridden slow Tennessee Walkers and I've ridden fast ones. I've also known quite a few Quarter Horses to be very smooth rides. Depends on the horse. Good luck with your search!

Cinnys Whinny 09-10-2010 06:06 PM

I am not a big fan of the gaited horses but, my cousin used to have a small (14.1h) TWH and at the time I had a 14.2 QH. We went on trail all the time (it was the only place for us to ride as we had no arenas or anything back then) and I had no trouble keeping up with her TWH at all.

vivache 09-10-2010 06:41 PM

I know some sloooooooooooooooow TWH and some fast one. But as a rule, they might lag a little, but no dustclouds. :P

Macslady 09-11-2010 08:26 PM

With gaited horses much depends on the confirmation and stride of the horse. There are some Rocky's with gigantic overstrides just as there are some TWH that will slow right down on trail rides and not move ahead of everyone else.
The length of stride also has a lot to do with your back. We sold our Rocky mare that had TWH breeding in her since she had such a large overstride when walking that she actually bothered my back. Now my gelding RMH doesn't have that and is very comfortable on trail and will ride out with regular stock horses no problem. We also have a spotted saddle who is not comfortable for me, but my husband likes. He also goes along on trail with stock horses and doesn't leave them standing in the dust. I also have a QH mare that has a two speed jog that keeps you in the saddle and is the most comfortable ride. (We have both stock and gaited).

The best I can tell you is look at a few you might like and test drive them. If you have a trailer you may even want to see if you can bring your daughters horse alone to see how it will keep up with the prospective horse. It may take a while to find just the horse you are looking for, but they are out there.

There are so many different breeds, probably the TWH and the Rocky are known most for their wonderful temperament. One thing to remember is that the taller either of these breeds get (like up into the 16hh range) the less comfortable the ride will be in gait. I would try to stay with a 15hh horse.
Good luck and happy horse hunting!

Macslady 09-11-2010 08:29 PM

With gaited horses much depends on the confirmation and stride of the horse. There are some Rocky's with gigantic overstrides just as there are some TWH that will slow right down on trail rides and not move ahead of everyone else.
The length of stride also has a lot to do with your back. We sold our Rocky mare that had TWH breeding in her since she had such a large overstride when walking that she actually bothered my back. Now my gelding RMH doesn't have that and is very comfortable on trail and will ride out with regular stock horses no problem. We also have a spotted saddle who is not comfortable for me, but my husband likes. He also goes along on trail with stock horses and doesn't leave them standing in the dust. I also have a QH mare that has a two speed job that keeps you in the saddle and is the most comfortable ride. (We have both stock and gaited).

The best I can tell you is look at a few you might like and test drive them. If you have a trailer you may even want to see if you can bring your daughters horse alone to see how it will keep up with the prospective horse. It may take a while to find just the horse you are looking for, but they are out there.

There are so many different breeds, probably the TWH and the Rocky are known most for their wonderful temperament. One thing to remember is that the taller either of these breeds get (like up into the 16hh range) the less comfortable the ride will be in gait. I would try to stay with a 15hh horse.
Good luck and happy horse hunting!

Sunny 09-11-2010 08:33 PM

I ride 3 regularly and they have no trouble keeping up with non-gaited breeds. The 3 I ride range from around 14 to 16 hands, and the biggest mare's walk is AWFUL! Her gait is lovely, but the walk is horrid. The two smaller one's have very pleasant walks, though. I haven't met a TWH I don't like. Good luck!
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RodinKy 09-12-2010 07:23 AM

Any of the gaited breeds should be better for your back since you don't have to post the trot. If you know someone familiar with gaited horses let them check any prospects out for you. At a flat walk your daughters QH should be able to keep up with no problems.

g8dhorse 09-13-2010 11:01 AM

I've owned gaited horses for more years than I care to count. All breeds of gaited. Currently we have two rocky mountain mares, a foxtrotter mare and a TWH mare. I suffer from back, hip and pelvis pain due to an accident several years ago and I find that the movement of my TWH is less jarring on my joints. Her walk is fantastic and the faster she gets the smoother she becomes. My advice would be to look for a gaited horse that has a NATURAL four beat gait...evenly timed. Where are you located? I may know of some reputable owners near you that I can refer you to.

corinowalk 09-13-2010 11:06 AM

When we go out on trail we just match up gaits with all the trotters. When they walk, we do a 'dog walk'. When they trot, we running walk. When they canter...well Scooter is still getting his canter...LOL so we usually running walk or flat out gallop.

I love gaited horses. I think they have fabulous personalities and the gaits are amazing. I doubt your daughter will have a hard time keeping up. Those young ones don't mind trotting as much as us Moms do!


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