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post #1 of 24 Old 12-13-2018, 01:34 PM Thread Starter
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Question My First Gaited Horse

Last November, I bought my first gaited horse. He's a Spotted Saddle Horse. I've owned Quarter horses, Appaloosas, Paints, and Standardbreds before. In the last year, I've only ridden this horse once. From the ground, his gait looks really weird but from up top, I never dreamed a horse could ride so smoothly. What are you experiences with gaited horses? How did you decide to get one? In your opinion, what are the pros and cons of gaited horses?

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I bought my first gaited horse because my husband had a bad back, and I hoped that he could go back to riding with me if he had a gaited horse. Gaited horses are SOOOO much fun. When they kick into gear and start gliding along, it is such a thrill.

I don't show any more, but if there was any con, it is that judges frown upon gaited horses in regular English classes and dressage. I have heard that in some places there are special classes for gaited jumpers and gaited dressage. But I have no interest in showing, so it is not a con for me.

Otherwise, it is alllll pro with gaited horses. I have Paso Finos, who can corto along for hours without getting tired, and so easy on the rider. Plus, Pasos are lively and quick and yet gentle and sweet. They eat very little and stay sound because they are small, yet they can carry adult riders. The best of everything!
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For the life of me, I can't understand why gaited horses aren't more popular. I find them so much fun! When your cruising along and hit just the right gait, it makes you giggle with delight! I don't show or anything, so the only negative I've found is that they aren't well matched on trails with non-gaited horses. But it doesn't bother me that much. At least, when I'm riding gaited, I don't mind if other riders are slower, I don't mind doubling back or standing to wait for them.

Back when I had non-gaited horses though, the gaited riders expected ME to keep up on my Mustang, and that was really a drag! His trot could match to their gait (fox trot) but his walk could NOT keep up with their walk. We just had no gear for "speed walking." And the gaited riders didn't have much patience for that.

I won't say I will never own a non-gaited horse again, because honestly, I love all horses. But let's just say that if I was horse shopping, all things being equal, I would pick the gaited horse. I just find them so much fun to ride.

Currently I have a Missouri Fox Trotter. But I've ridden a couple of Walkers. I don't have any experience with other gaited breeds. They just aren't that common out west (compared to Quarter Horses and such). But I would love to ride some different gaited breeds just to see what they feel like.

My first couple of horses were Arabians. I was introduced to Missouri Fox Trotters from a neighbor.

You know, it's not that I have a need for speed, although everything they do seems to be much faster than a non-gaited horse (especially walking), it's just that the gait is so cool, it makes me giggle. I get a real kick out of traveling smoothing when I normally would be bouncing all over the place at the trot. What's not to love about smooth!? That's why I don't understand why they are not as common or more common than non-gaited horses. I consider them trail horses deluxe!
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Well! Congrats! Pictures!?

Went on a trail ride in September with the local Trail Riders group I'm a member off. MOST of the long time members now own Spotted Saddle Horses - they thought Trigger was one as well. I have no idea what he is. They think he's gaited also, but he has trouble hitting it and keeping it up. He may be gaited but someone may have also 'beat it out of him'.

Anyway... M'boy had to HOOF IT to keep up with the other horses - he likes to lead and he couldn't get it done. They stayed about two horse lengths ahead of him, but we stayed up.

My husband's big lovely QH mare, Gina, OTOH, and my friend and her 7 year old daughter (Also on HUGE QHs) had to trot almost the entire day to keep up. We have a lot of rodeo friends who, when not working or rounding up cattle on their horses, like to just go and ride too - and they all say they HATE riding with people on SSHs for that reason - they have to let their horse trot a lot to keep up. They call them 'traveling' horses, which is interesting and highly descriptive. Apparently they lump Trigger in this category too. Travlin' Horses.

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I have ridden a TWH they are super smooth fun ride don't own gaited horses though. Have ridden with gaited horses on my non gaited gelding he can keep up, he is very fast paced with his walk & trot. Other gelding not so much so he has to trot ,trot, trot to keep up.

Maybe one day i'll go to gaited horses but for now i love my non-gaited boys. When and if i switch to gaited i'll go with the TWH horse's vey nice smooth ride. Rode a kentucky mountain horse not really that impressed ,not nearly as smooth as a TWH. Paso fino would be my second choice for gaited,love there looks. Would have to be naturally gaited whatever breed i chose.
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I have ridden a TWH they are super smooth fun ride don't own gaited horses though. Have ridden with gaited horses on my non gaited gelding he can keep up, he is very fast paced with his walk & trot. Other gelding not so much so he has to trot ,trot, trot to keep up.

Maybe one day i'll go to gaited horses but for now i love my non-gaited boys. When and if i switch to gaited i'll go with the TWH horse's vey nice smooth ride. Rode a kentucky mountain horse not really that impressed ,not nearly as smooth as a TWH. Paso fino would be my second choice for gaited,love there looks. Would have to be naturally gaited whatever breed i chose.

Just FYI, there are smoother and rougher in every breed. So don't assume all Walkers (or Kentucky Mountains) will feel alike.

All the Fox Trotters I have ridden have felt very different from each other and I know Walkers are likely the same. For one, even though a Fox Trotter is supposed to fox trot and a Walker is supposed to run-walk, the horses don't know this so the the gait they do best may not be the one their breed is known for. The North American gaited breeds are closely related and each individual horse will have it's best gait. So pick the right individual, not necessarily the breed. You wouldn't expect all non-gaited horses to have the same trot. Some are smoother than others. The gaited breeds are the same.
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https://photos.app.goo.gl/7NhBP9gcpZ6EXX4W6

Here is an album of Apache. Oddly enough, most of them are of him eating. :)

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https://photos.app.goo.gl/7NhBP9gcpZ6EXX4W6

Here is an album of Apache. Oddly enough, most of them are of him eating. :)

Since horses spend like, 99.9837721% of their life grazing, probably not THAT surprising. LOL


I did find the album before you posted this.

THAT OLD QH TOO! Such a lovely pair!
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Since horses spend like, 99.9837721% of their life grazing, probably not THAT surprising. LOL


I did find the album before you posted this.

THAT OLD QH TOO! Such a lovely pair!
Thanks! That old fellow is Mister. He's coming 23. He's the best horse I have ever owned.

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Old horses are hard to beat for companionship. I just adore our 22 year old.
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