Join Date: May 2013
Location: Wild Wonderful West Virginia
A buddy for my gaited mare?
So, we have my wonderful Rocky Mountain mare (named Grace), 6 y o. We live on a REMOTE mountain farm in WV with NO houses/horses in sight. Fall/winter is coming, and I've been thinking that we should get another horse, for several reasons. She came last March, so this is her first winter here.
1) It is not good for the horse to be alone, or so the Natural Horsemanship people seem to say. If they're pack animals and prey animals, clearly winter must be a scary time for lone horses on long, cold, dark nights? Myth or fact?
2) My husband (not really a horseman, but game for anything) would ride a second horse, as would my adult kids and (if gentle enough) my grandkids, on trail rides near our home, or in our ring (for lessons).
SO... the biggest question in my mind is "What breed to get?"
I love my Rockie, but the learning curve for gaited horses when I've got a walk/trot horse background has been steep. I'm getting the hang of it now, so I could do a second Rockie, but the thing is that they run small, and I'd need one that's at least 15.2 to carry Hubby, which narrows the field. It would be much easier for me to teach guests of all ages on a walk/trot horse... or so I think... maybe not. Hmmm.
However, is it wise to match (on trail rides) a gaited horse and a walk/trot horse? Gaited folks: will my Grace unlearn her gaits if paired with a walk/trot horse? Will they be unevenly matched in strides?
IF not a gaited horse, what breeds do people like for medium sized, gentle horses? Would a pony for the grandkids, and primarily as a companion to Grace be a good idea?
I know this isn't fair... I mean, who can tell me what to get, right? Choosing breeds is so personal. But there are issues here... like, will Grace be buddy spoiled if I get another horse, and unwilling to go out alone, or truly blessed to have a companion? And, if companion, should the new one be gaited or not? ETC!!! Eh, I thought it would be fun to talk about. So, give me your ideas!?
Last edited by Storybook Farm; 09-16-2013 at 07:00 PM.