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  • Going a long distance on a gaited horse
  • What is the best trail horse a gaited or ungaited

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    03-08-2012, 06:14 AM
  #31
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Originally Posted by Joe4d    
pretty happy sitting perfectly level and riding past trotters bouncing up and down or posting, Been there done that, got the t shirt. Thanks but no thanks.
I go down the trail to go down the trail , I see no reason not to let my horse pic a speed he's comfortable with and just relax and enjoy the sceneery. I'm not out there to fight a horse.
I know you don't like horses that trot. Fine with me.

But just because you passed some people on the trail a few times, who knows how well they can ride or how well conditioned their horse is?

Or maybe they can ride the trot as fast as you can run-walk but don't care to.
     
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    03-08-2012, 08:21 AM
  #32
Green Broke
My experience has been like Joed's.

My wife rides a quarter horse, and it's walk, trot, walk, canter, etc.

My SSH in the flat walk, forces the quarter horse to trot and in a running walk, he has to canter.

My SSH doesn't lolly gag around but rather walks with a purpose and most non gaited horses struggle to keep up.

You might as well "Ride With Pride" on a Tennessee Walking Horse or Spotted Saddle Horse.
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    03-08-2012, 08:56 AM
  #33
Weanling
It seems like many of the dyed in the wool gaited horse enthusiasts have quite an attitude! I think the rest of us are quite happy that you like your gaited horses, but some people really DO prefer to just 'lollygag along' and enjoy the scenery. (I am not one of them, and have trouble having trail partners because everyone else seems to ride a quarter horse whose walk is stuck in granny gear lol) Just because I like to go faster, and sometimes too fast to see much of anything but the trail in front of me, doesn't make it the right way to trail ride, or the only way to trail ride, and it doesn't make other people's way the wrong way....
Kathy
Oh, and we own three gaited horses, and 5 that aren't, so please don't tell me I've never tried it or don't know what I'm talking about.
     
    03-08-2012, 09:56 AM
  #34
mls
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
I know you really need to judge every horse individualy, but if I see every horse with trail potential in my budget I'm going to be out there a long time. I have done compeditive trail/endurance. If that was strictly what I was going for I would keep my arab cross, but I also need somthing versitile enough to take the beginners out.
I competed distance on a paint mare and a quarter horse gelding - and did very well.
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    03-08-2012, 10:00 AM
  #35
Green Broke
Thanks for all the coments! I would go crazy "stuck in granny gear", I need something that can move! Gives me lots to think about.
     
    03-08-2012, 10:08 AM
  #36
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Originally Posted by BlueSpark    
thanks for all the coments! I would go crazy "stuck in granny gear", I need something that can move! Gives me lots to think about.
When armies had horse cavalry, the trot was the gait used to cover long distances quickly.

The gaited breeds most certainly do not have a monopoly on covering ground quickly.

If speed is what you want, get an OTTB. They are fantastic athletes, and are the preferred mount for foxhunters in the western states where they chase coyotes for miles on end, often at a gallop.
     
    03-08-2012, 10:13 AM
  #37
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I haven't read ALL the posts here, so I don't know if this has been suggested...

OP, have you considered maybe a TWH/cross? I've met/ridden a couple, and now own one... and they seem to be much more willing to slow down with the un-gaited horses on the trails :) My "Racker" is as willing to mozey along all slow like on the trail as the calm-minded QH's next to us (She still has one heck of a speed button her her though ;) )
     
    03-08-2012, 10:20 AM
  #38
Started
Can't go wrong with a Tennessee Walker.
     
    03-08-2012, 10:33 AM
  #39
Green Broke
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If speed is what you want, get an OTTB. They are fantastic athletes, and are the preferred mount for foxhunters in the western states where they chase coyotes for miles on end, often at a gallop.
there is the problem. I need both. I want a horse I can lead the beginners out on the trail with, walk and trot willingly, not get too bored or prancy. Then I can take it out with more experienced riders and keep up a good pace over long distances and rough terrain. I have the latter right now in Willow, but she gets bored and spooks violently if we go slower than a working trot
     
    03-08-2012, 10:44 AM
  #40
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I have owned many different breeds of horses including gaited.
FWIW, my RMH gaited gelding does not have the "big engine" forward movement that many people associate with gaited breeds on the trail, and it is one of the reasons why I chose him.

He will turn it on if asked to, but it isn't his mission in life and we like to amble along like melted butter.
Many of the gaited breeds can indeed glide along at regular paces just fine.

Bluespark wrote: "I need both. I want a horse I can lead the beginners out on the trail with, walk and trot willingly, not get too bored or prancy. Then I can take it out with more experienced riders and keep up a good pace over long distances and rough terrain."

That is what I was looking for too, and found in my gaited gelding. He is a good ride for me, but at the same time I can put my beginner son on him and know he will be taken care of. It did take some effort and travel to find him and I had to pass over quite a few horses, but in the end it was worth it.
     

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