Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Middle Tennessee
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I live in "The Cradle of Walking Horse" Country -- literally in their birth/foundation area:)
I have trail ridden my entire life and have ridden Walking Horses since 1990; still have two. They are excellent trail horses and have an amazing amount of stamina on the trail. While that's a surprise to many, it wouldn't be if non-Walking Horse owners realized their Foundation Mare of Record is a Morgan:)
Some Walking Horses are also good at team penning. While I never team penned, my heart horse (RIP Duke) had amazing cow sense and quickly figured out what he needed to do when the neoghbor's cows got out years ago:)
My area also has gaited mules, which bring a hefty price for a good gaiting one; add more dollars if it's "lit up" in terms of color:)
Spotted Saddle Horses are gaited and also very popular. In the very beginnings they were shorter, stockier and supposedly void of any Walking Horse blood. That is not the case in modern times but they still maintain their own registry --- making things confusing for some, who wonder what the difference is between a Spotted Walker and a Spotted Saddle Horse. Some years back a good friend in PA owned a true Spotted Saddle Horse. He barely made 14H and was stout, as the original Spotted Saddle Horses were. He was one tough little trail horse:)
Rocky's and Kentucky Mountain Horses are not common in my area but popular in Kentucky. Surprisingly I have heard of more Paso Finos.
With the massive influx of new population in Middle Tennessee, Quarter Horses have become pretty popular. All of a sudden new riders think they can barrel race and run out to get a barrel horse -- which ends in disaster for the horse much of the time.
There are newer Hunter/jumper barns thirty or so minutes SW of Nashville so TB's have some presence over there:)
A Good Horseman Doesn't Have To Tell Anyone; The Horse Already Knows.
I CAN'T ride 'em n slide 'em. I HAVE to lead 'em n feed 'em Thnx cowchick77.