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        09-11-2012, 03:17 PM
      #101
    Foal
    I've taken several different breeds out on trails. I can't honestly say what breed is better - it all goes on the horse's training and rider skills. I have 3 stand out favorites, all of which would go anywhere, very sane, very safe: QH gelding, TWH mare, ASB mare.
         
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        09-11-2012, 04:54 PM
      #102
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    We have a small irish draft, a mini clyde (gypsy cob) and a welshxTB (now retired) they would all go where you pointed them, sure footed, coped on all surfaces up and down hill, not spooky, never needed pushing on - could not fault them. My pinto who is probably part arabian is nowhere near as good and starts to whinge if the going gets a bit tough
         
        09-22-2012, 10:22 PM
      #103
    Foal
    I ride a grade quarter horse that has carried me through mountains, prairies, rivers, streams, and dense forests. He can go all day, when properly conditioned, and has yet to let me down. For my part, I make sure he is healthy, sound, and trail ready before we attempt longer rides. I rest him when he needs it and I'm not opposed to getting down to walk from time to time.
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        09-23-2012, 11:07 AM
      #104
    Yearling
    Thenrie makes a lot of sense: it depends on what kind of trails you're riding. I have been looking and looking for a new trail horse and finding nothing. Of course, I'm being picky because this will probably be my last horse. I've always ridden gaited, but all the gaited horses I'm finding pace. We ride in areas where you can't gait a lot, but it's nice to have when you want it. WHY can't I find a gaited horse that will be content to walk along on a loose rein instead of being pacey and/or a speed demon??? I think I'll just give up and wait for awhile.
         
        09-23-2012, 11:09 AM
      #105
    Banned
    Rocky Mountain Horse please!
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        09-23-2012, 11:40 AM
      #106
    Yearling
    HagonNag What about a retired 5 gaited Saddlebred? The nice thing about them is that they have all 5 gaits. They can slow gait all day but when you want a nice flat walk or a canter, that is there as well.

    I know we are all partial based on our experiences but with 5 gaits, you have a lot of versatility. A gear for all terrain. Ha ha
         
        09-23-2012, 12:58 PM
      #107
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by HagonNag    
    Thenrie makes a lot of sense: it depends on what kind of trails you're riding. I have been looking and looking for a new trail horse and finding nothing. Of course, I'm being picky because this will probably be my last horse. I've always ridden gaited, but all the gaited horses I'm finding pace. We ride in areas where you can't gait a lot, but it's nice to have when you want it. WHY can't I find a gaited horse that will be content to walk along on a loose rein instead of being pacey and/or a speed demon??? I think I'll just give up and wait for awhile.
    Because most have been ridden by speed demons, that's why you get a gaited horse isn't it? Actually it's fun to go fast because they will...

    I've actually got one that will go real slow if you want, has a nice gait at mid speed (flat walk, slower running walk) but wants to pace at higher speeds. My other horse the wife rides and he's got one gear, GO! They don't make for a well matched pair.
         
        09-23-2012, 01:39 PM
      #108
    Trained
    My "trail" horse also happens to be my show horse (I showjump/event) and he is an Anglo Arab. Can go all day, and if I get him going he has the most ENORMOUS ground-covering trot... he can trot as fast as other horses can canter. I think he's probably heavily Endurance-bred through his Arabian half, but I don't know much about bloodlines, so I'm not sure. He's certainly way too chunky to be halter-Arabian bred!

    I really want a gaited horse to have purely as a trail horse, but we don't have very many gaited horses in Australia, and those we DO have are very expensive when they come up for sale... which is very very rarely! I don't want to spend $15000+ on a horse I intend to use only for trails, so I shall wait and hope that somebody imports enough of them that they become less expensive.
         
        09-23-2012, 04:55 PM
      #109
    Started
    I always rode my Arabians out on the trail, they were the most comfortable and most quiet horses, never spooked and would go thru anything. Also want to point out that one was a former show horse, he was a go anywhere and do anything kind of horse. Had a lot of endurance to go all day, yet was very quiet and calm on the trail.
         
        09-23-2012, 09:39 PM
      #110
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by HagonNag    
    Thenrie makes a lot of sense: it depends on what kind of trails you're riding. I have been looking and looking for a new trail horse and finding nothing. Of course, I'm being picky because this will probably be my last horse. I've always ridden gaited, but all the gaited horses I'm finding pace. We ride in areas where you can't gait a lot, but it's nice to have when you want it. WHY can't I find a gaited horse that will be content to walk along on a loose rein instead of being pacey and/or a speed demon??? I think I'll just give up and wait for awhile.
    A lot of people with gaited horses don't bother to teach their horses to do anything but go fast and stay on the trail. I say this because I've ridden with those types.

    Yeah, their horses are fast and smooth as long as the trail is the kind of trail where they can get some speed. Get them out on "goat path" types of trail, where you need a horse that is responsive to the aids and balanced, and able to slow down and think about where it's placing its feet, and you may find yourself in some trouble.

    There are still good gaited horses out there, though. I own one. He's a cool little guy. . .he will gait all day if you ask him to, he will "dog walk" on a loose rein, he'll cross deep creeks and slide down greasy hills, and he will be a nimble and sure-footed steady-eddy when you find yourself having to pick your way through roots, rocks, washouts, and other tricky footing.

    However, he's not for sale.
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