11-26-2012, 12:11 PM
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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 that's 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.