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post #11 of 30 Old 11-26-2012, 09:57 AM
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I don't get it. If you (general you) won't rein in the horse why bother asking to ride out with people if you're just going to leave them behind?
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post #12 of 30 Old 11-26-2012, 11:11 AM
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My horses CAN slow down and walk with anybody. It is truely what the rider is willing to ask of his horses.

I ride with all kinds of horses and people. And while I enjoy moving at a brisk pace. I have on many occassion slowed and just enjoyed the company that I was riding with.

Now with that said, Some horses just want to move out. I've got a Fractous Arab/Saddlebred that loves to cover ground. He is not gaited, But can out move any of my foxtrotter horses. His Jog is so fast he messes up my foxtrotters gaits. They are right on the verge of what they can do at a foxtrot and breaking over into a canter. I've learned that I often have to put him behind several other horses that are not as fast as he is. He is not happy about not being the leader, but has learned that sometimes thats his position. Again it all comes back to the rider rating his horses speed.

People who buy gaited horses usually want to ride at 5-6-7 mph. While folks on hard trotting horses are content to mosey along at 2-3 mph. If you are in the slower class and want to ride with the faster group. Teach your horse to walk out. I've seen many a Quarter horse that can do a faster walk or even a nice western jog and keep up with the gaited horses. If you don't enjoy riding your horse at those speeds and yoru gaited friends won't slow down, Then find new riding buddies.
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post #13 of 30 Old 11-26-2012, 11:55 AM
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A lot of my friends ride gaited. We ride QH's so we do a lot of trotting. It is what it is. I rode with this same group right before gun season, hubby was hunting, and took his horse which even though she is sixteen hands, she is very smooth. I posted most of the time but it required little effort on my part because she is so smooth. I did not get worn out. I had a blast!

They are trying to convert us to gaited......
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post #14 of 30 Old 11-26-2012, 04:26 PM
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There is only one reason the QH is slower, it was trained that way.

No reason on this green earth, why a QH walks slow, other than that's the way it was taught.

The QH can be trained to walk above a peanut crawl if it is asked to so. That's the only reason the gaited walk faster, they were trained that way.

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post #15 of 30 Old 11-26-2012, 07:55 PM
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Agree with many of the previous posts that much can be done with good training. I also think that it can be lots easier to get a horse that naturally fits with how you want to ride.

Even within the same breed horses move at different speeds. We had quarter horses for years and some walked dog slow and others walked out real nicely. Me and my cousins rode many, many miles on the slow but very calm and pleasant ones that bounced us to death trying to keep up with the smooth riding faster walking QH's that our dads/uncles were on. The horse I rode for years was the roughest trotting slowest walking son of a gun ever born. I believe I still have "brain shakes" because of him. Finally we just came to the conclusion that for the riding we did we likely horses that moved out and could cover country. As a whole that meant it was easier to find smooth riding gaited horses that matched up well than a bunch of exceptionally fast walking qh's. We slowly converted to TWH's and then with time found that we actually preferred MFT's in the rough, steep country we hunt and ride in.

Even still some of our horses naturally move faster than others, but we have worked to get horses that match up well with those we ride with and limit the amount of effort required for an enjoyable ride.
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post #16 of 30 Old 12-01-2012, 04:55 PM
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This is why I ride by myself most of the time. Even at a slow walk my SSH hind feet come about 12 inches over the front hoof print ( that's what makes him a great smooth gaited horse) that also what makes it uncomfortable to ride with other breeds of horses.

I have a couple of friends with Arabs and one is 30 yr old and he can really keep up. And I don't mean to generalize at all, but the women I know that have QH ride REALLY SLOW ! We also have a gaited horse group here that does several rides a year and your horse has to be gaited to go .

I know you should be able to make your horse go the speed you prefer, but sometimes its not worth the effort and I just want to enjoy the ride !
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post #17 of 30 Old 12-01-2012, 10:40 PM
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I have a TWH and I have to do the double back thing a lot when I am riding with other people. Usually one or two of them are QHs, too. We always whiz by! I am working on having her slow it down when I say so and it is improving, but she has a great big overstride so she will always naturally be faster. I mean, that's what they were bred for, right? To zip comfortably across huge plantations?

Now I've figured out that she will usually slow down if she is in the lead. It's like we are in a walking race until then though!
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post #18 of 30 Old 12-01-2012, 11:13 PM
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I ride a QH and my buddy rides a TW. I taught my QH to jog behind the TW. We kick down the trail together all the time...sometimes I am leading, sometimes she is. Never have a problem going with gaited horses!
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post #19 of 30 Old 12-02-2012, 12:41 AM
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This is why we mostly ride our gaited horses with the gaited people and our non-gaited horses with other non-gaited horses. On occasion we will mix the two groups, but it is more difficult. My gaited horses will walk slow if you make them, but its not the most pleasant thing. They all have free-swinging long striding walks that are just generally faster. All my horses will flat walk on a loose rein, but the gaited horses just do it faster. For the gaited horses to be comfortable and stress free on the ride, the non-gaited horses generally have to trot to keep up. Just doesn't work well for us.
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post #20 of 30 Old 12-02-2012, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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It's not much fun for me to have to trot all the time just to keep up. I like to trot every now and then on the trail but I like to just walk and take in the scenery. Since I've started this post, I've been riding alone so I can enjoy myself more and I can go any gait I want and I feel more connected with my horse because it's just us.
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