Oh Darrin, you are like some of the gaited owners I know!
Originally Posted by blue eyed pony View Post
You being a gaited person I can understand how you don't necessarily get that non-gaited horses don't have in-between gaits so that they can go at a speed between their maximum walk speed and their minimum trot speed, but it's attitudes like yours where it's always the other person's fault when your horse breaks gait (and not a training thing) that really irritate me. You wouldn't ride with me, because my horse doesn't gait. I wouldn't ride with you, because I don't like being blamed for things that I can't do anything about.
This is exactly what I was trying to say in a nutshell. My Mustang doesn't have an inbetween gait for the flat walk. If the gaited horses do an intermediate gait, fine, we trot. But we don't have a flat walk gear nor do I want to try to train for one. I love my guy just the way he is. He is very consistent in his gaits, he will walk politely or trot politely. But he doesn't have an inbetween speed.
I don't like to get blamed for someone else's horse being a ditz when mine is being well behaved.
Also, as an owner of each type of horse I don't mind the sit and wait. Even before I had a gaited horse I had an Arabian that could out-walk many horses so I guess I have been doing the sit-and-wait for years.
I don't ride to be in a race. It's not relaxing to be in a rush all the time. I ride for enjoyment, not to be stressed about if I am fast enough for the other rider all time. Why are they always in a rush? (Oh yeah, I get it, it's because they can't get their horse to slow down!)
I guess I just have a problem with the attitude some gaited horse riders have (um, sorry Darrin, this means you!) that my horse must conform to your horse. Maybe your horse should conform to mine once in a while.
Also, I agree that this is where riding alone comes in as a good thing once in a while. You can take your horse out and just have fun at their natural speeds while not having to worry or babysit other riders. It's kind of ironic that the same gaited horse folks that are speed demons at the walk are afraid to canter because their horses will freak out.
I like to canter once in a while when the footing is suitable and I can't do that riding with gaited horse folks- even if I am on a gaited horse! They never seem to willingly ride that gear. So that is one thing I find kind of interesting, my non-gaited friends are willing to canter with me while the gaited friends won't. (But to give them a bit of a break, one lady is in her 70's and the others are kind of newbie-ish.) So I canter with my non-gaited friends or alone.
I love, love, love my Fox Trotter! She is a blast and a half! I must admit she is more fun to ride than the Mustang. But the Mustang is Mr. Perfect and the best horse I have ever owned. So they each have their strong suits. If I had a chance at another affordable gaited horse I would jump on it. But that doesn't mean if I found a nice non-gaited horse I would not jump on it as well. I love pretty well all horse breeds. I just love horses in general.
I guess I just get the feeling the gaited horse owners think their horses are the "best" and everyone else is below them. And I hate that attitude. I know my friend with QH's thinks they are the best breed out there, but she doesn't make me feel like my horses are inferior, know what I mean? The gaited horse people seem to think a "regular" horse is below them and if it doesn't conform to their standards then it is not worth riding with.
Hey guys, I hope I haven't offended anyone. This is more of a vent than anything. These are thoughts I have on the matter and wanted to discuss them. But I am not taking it super seriously. We will either ride together or we won't, no biggie.