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    12-03-2012, 08:51 AM
A trail horse should have a good ground covering walk but riders often don't realize a horse is capable of a faster walk. Ever notice how well it can quicken the pace coming home? Expect that when going out as well.
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    12-06-2012, 08:42 PM
I think it's easier to have a single TWH with a group of non-gaited. My mare is pretty good at falling into pace behind others.

If others say "hey tim why don't you lead for a bit" well that's their choice and then it's the wife and I out front. Her POA doing it's jig & my mare just stretching out
    12-16-2012, 12:09 AM
I'm having a tough time teaching my QH to walk at a good clip. She likes to mosey and I like a good fast walk. Not meaning to hijack the thread, but I figure the OP might get something from this as well.

I saw something on the Internet from a trainer (can't recall her name), but she is pretty well-known. She takes a piece of stiff rope, like a piece of an old worn-out lariat, and makes a loop around the horse's rump, such that it hangs down to just about half-way down the gaskins. She ties a knot in the middle of it and attaches the ends to the rear cinch rings. As the horse walks, the knot hits the horse's gaskins, causing it to short-stride and step quicker. She has some goofy name like "hope rope" or something like that for it. I think I may give it a try. I am open to other suggestions, if anybody has any.
    12-19-2012, 11:37 PM
If I had to ride at a 2-3 mph pace, I wouldnt even ride.

I like to move along at a good pace.

True story: my business partner has a walker/morgan mare. She's not gaited. He keeps her at a farm with a bunch of other folks with QHs. They went for a 6 hr ride one sat. And covered 12 miles.
The same wkend, I rode with another friend 20 miles in 3 hrs. We have walkers. It was hot summer time so we didnt push our horse.
When I told him, what we did, he was floored. And claimed they stopped a few times, for a total of 30 mins. Well so did we. He said, "ya'll were really moving out" my reply was, "thats what happens when you have a real horse"
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    12-21-2012, 03:09 PM
It's kinda fun to look down at your GPS and see that you are floating along at 12 mph on a good gaited horse. But most of my horses are pretty lazy and like to walk out at 4 mph. Unless they are headed back to the trailer.

I have one Arab/Saddlebred gelding that my daughters like to ride. If I let them take the lead, the whole bunch of us move along at 6-8 mph. As my other horses don't want to get left behind and are willing to keep up.

This time of year, my horses are all haired up. If we ride that fast, they get pretty sweaty. Plus I've pulled alll their shoes and there is some ice and snow on the ground. So the 4 mph is OK for most rides.
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    12-21-2012, 06:31 PM
Last couple fridays (not today) we rode. It was warm here, esp. For this time of yr. My buddys walker is about 20 yrs old and has a heavy coat on her. She was all lathered up, dripping off her. I never saw her get that hot even in the hot summer time. This was only after a couple of miles. We cut the ride short both times cause of how hot she was. Mine was ready for more. She didnt lather up at all, my mare is only 6 yrs old. His mare has a much thicker coat. Perhaps age has something to do with it
    12-21-2012, 11:51 PM
Diet can have a lot to do with the kind of sweat a horse produces.

If you feed more grass, your horse will tend toward a more watery sweat that helps to cool the horse better.

If you feed more alfalfa, your horse will tend toward a heavier lather sweat that cakes and slows down the cooling.
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    12-22-2012, 06:20 AM
I know his horse gets hardly any grass if any at all. All hay. And he feeds a sweet feed. Lots of molassas too.

Mine is on grass. And just a couple handfuls of pellets morning and evening.

Thing is, his was on the same diet during the summertime.
    12-22-2012, 10:50 AM
I know I work up a sweat a lot faster, now that I'm 54 than when I was 25.
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    12-22-2012, 01:43 PM
I don't know his horse, So I'm speaking in very general terms.

But the high calcium content of alfalfa contributes to a heavy lathery type of sweat. It's one of the reasons endurance riders avoid feeding a diet mainly of alfalfa. It also causes the horse to pee more. Thus requiring the horse to drink more water to stay hydrated.

Now alfalfa is great during the endurance race when the horses need a recharge of calcium to help with the muscle trigger.

You can read more about equine nutrition for distance horses at:
Susan E. Garlinghouse, DVM horse management articles and lectures
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