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    09-24-2012, 12:41 PM
  #111
Green Broke
Jolly, most people I know with gaited horses that are not sure footed on rocky, narrow, tough trails are those that never or rarely get off groomed trails. People I ride with will open them up when hitting a good chunk of trail and throttle them back down again when the trail gets rough which also tells the horse, "hey, start paying attention to your feet".
     
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    09-24-2012, 01:24 PM
  #112
QOS
Green Broke
I ride with a variety of horses - mine being QH. My cousin rides a Paint/Arab that is just a doll - never crazy - will go at the speed she asks. Another friend rides an Arab. They are fantastic trail horses - lots of get up and go, will go at the speed she sets, will go through just about anything. Also ride with a TW and some Rocky Mountains. They are also terrific horses and will gait, walk, trot and canter and various speeds. They are fantastic horses.
     
    09-24-2012, 02:23 PM
  #113
Yearling
My foxtrotters will dog walk with anybody or they will gait with the best of them. I spent 5 days with 9 guys from South Carolina who brought their McCurdy Plantation horses out with them. My gelding had to hussle to keep up. But he fox trotted just fine.

What are groomed trails?


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    09-24-2012, 04:12 PM
  #114
Green Broke
Well Painted Horse, those are trails neither you or me like but plenty do. I was telling a lady I met about this terrific trail she should try that she could ride to from her barn. She looked at me with this worried look and asked me if it was groomed. I told her to never mind.
     
    09-25-2012, 09:07 AM
  #115
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Darrin    
Well Painted Horse, those are trails neither you or me like but plenty do. I was telling a lady I met about this terrific trail she should try that she could ride to from her barn. She looked at me with this worried look and asked me if it was groomed. I told her to never mind.
Personally, I think the best scenery is back on those "goat trails." You miss out on a lot of the pretty stuff by sticking to the wide-open, groomed, flat sections.

It's great trust-building, too. You don't know how good of a trail horse you really have until you've gotten through a hairy situation or two and come out unscathed on the other side.
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    09-25-2012, 07:54 PM
  #116
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Jolly Badger    
Personally, I think the best scenery is back on those "goat trails." You miss out on a lot of the pretty stuff by sticking to the wide-open, groomed, flat sections.

It's great trust-building, too. You don't know how good of a trail horse you really have until you've gotten through a hairy situation or two and come out unscathed on the other side.
That's the truth. Wife gets nervous on narrow trails and I keep telling her to trust her horse, he'll take care of her.
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    09-25-2012, 10:17 PM
  #117
Weanling
I think it depends on the kind of trails you ride as well as the distance and frequency. Your size, riding ability and preferences are important too.
Soundness is a big requirement though. Good feet, sturdy legs, strong back.
I also want a trail horse that takes new things in stride, not spooky, balky or stubborn. Sure-footed, thinks on his own so the rider doesn't have direct each step.
Do you like to ride slow or move on out? Some breeds naturally walk slow and some walk fast. Some pole along happily and some don't like to be held back.
Does your horse match your weight. Some breeds of horses are bred to carry weight better than others. It isn't just about size, more about how they are built.
Do you like to take out alone or prefer ride with others?
Some horses are bred for strength or endurance and others for speed. I know that QH people go on about how perfect the QH is but they don't win endurance races nor can they pull like a Percheron. Nothing wrong with QH just that they are not bred for endurance or pulling. Let each breed have it's strong points and not try to fit a horse into something he is not bred to do.

So decide what you like to do and find the horse that can easily give it to you.
     
    09-25-2012, 10:50 PM
  #118
Foal
I like my mule, but as mentioned before, being a mule doesnt automatically make them a good trail horse. She hasn had much training and I only got her a month ago, but so far she's been pretty easy to figure out. You definitely can't make a mule do somthing and the biggest thing is don't set yourself up to fail when training one. I've had her on a 6 1/2mi ride the second week I got her and a 10mi ride this weekend. She's not perfect yet, she still isnt where id like her with her responsiveness, she still spooks somtimes, and I really need to teach her to watch where she puts her feet, but One thing that I can say is the mules are tough. I did 10mi on her the 4th week I had her and I coulda hoped on her the next day and done it again. Plus she really covers some ground. She's 14.1 and has a 4mph walk. Im pretty confident that shell be a solid woods mule with a little more work.
     
    09-25-2012, 11:04 PM
  #119
Yearling
I ride foxtrotters and enjoy the gaited ride. I have an arab/saddlebred and his speed is way beyond anything my foxtrotters will ever achieve. When my daughters ask him to open up and run, I just wave goodbye.

Up hunting I watch the big quarter horse ranch horses steam past when ever I'm climbing steep hills. Those big powerful muscle have no equal when it comes to climbing steep mountains. If I was chasing cows up and down a mountain, There is no doubt what I'd be riding. Same for the fence rider, If you are just riding the fence line checking for down fences, a gaited horse is hard to beat.

There are some books written about how the Forest Service liked Foxtrotters for their rangers to ride in the back country where they had to travel forest trails all day in comfort. Each breed has its strong points. Some of us will search out a trail horse based on it attributes and qualities, Some us just find a companion and decide he makes a OK trail horse.

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    09-26-2012, 02:21 PM
  #120
Foal
This is a great thread with lots of info. Thanks to you all.
Painted Horse...I love your pictures...I could only dream going on the trail rides you do.
My ideal trail horse is....
1. A horse that loves to do trail rides
2. A horse that looks after me (no spooking, bucking, bolting..etc)
3. Is surefooted
4. Has good common trail sense (enough to slow down from a faster gait to pick their way over rough ground with loose rein)

For me....I would ride a horse that have these kinds of qualities than something comfortable that doesn't. Trail rides can be dangerous ..a horse that that is not fit mentally for trail riding can make it even more dangerous.
     

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