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post #1 of 6 Old 06-11-2019, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Horse shopping... Kentucky Mountain Horse

So, I've been riding for over a dozen years, and am looking for a first horse. I want something older and well trained, but spirited & a mare, gaited is a plus.
I am looking at 15y gaited Kentucky Mountain horse, I have been in contact with the owner & everything sound within my wants/needs, it's further north than I thought (couple hrs is doable, but I thought it was an hr away)
Does anyone much experience with this breed? How do they age? Any common health problems?
This horse is rated a 5 on the spirited scale; my favorite lesson horse is an Appaloosa mare, my instructed said she would rate here 5 or 6
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-11-2019, 04:01 PM
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I am not familiar with that specific breed but from what I know it is fairly closely related to the Tennessee Walking Horse (I have 3) I am not sure what you are looking for specifically in a horse but would like to put this out there. many gaited horses can be very forward. This can be intimidating to riders. We have 2 that are extremely forward - not in a naughty way but their natural walk is just energetic and ground covering. Both of these mares outwalk any other horse they are with. Our third mare is more forward than most stock (non-gaited) horses but not as fast as our other 2.
@walkinthewalk knows a lot about the general health issues with a lot of gaited horses and propensity to founder is one of them. I also know that DSLD tends to be a little more common in gaited horses.

As for any new purchase I suggest you get a thorough Pre Purchase Exam (PPE) that includes a lameness test.

I love my gaited horses and just made the transition over from stock horses 3 years ago - my family really enjoys having them. The one draw back I have found is riding with my friends that do not have gaited horses.

Good Luck! And make sure to provide pictures...!!
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-11-2019, 08:43 PM
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I haven't met a KMH but the very closely related Rocky Mountain Horse I have. The ones I've known are mellow, easy-going, not hot horses. Inclined to get tubby. I understand that with any gaited horse you need to know the specific cues for different gaits the horse has been taught.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-11-2019, 09:17 PM
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I've recently had two KMH come through for refreshers. Very solid citizens, good bone, good feet and nice smooth gait. Neither need specific cues for gait. If you want to speed up, cluck or squeeze the leg. Both are quite set in their gaits and very smooth. One is ten and one is twelve and both are sound. Their owner has had them since they were quite young and both are easy keepers.
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-20-2019, 11:16 AM Thread Starter
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Well I finally went to see her yesterday, she was boarded with a ton of other horses- she was just coming into heat and a few horse stuck their noses down there and took long stiffs. She had also managed to get pretty fat. After a minute of sitting by her, she came over and was really sweet, pulled in for pets on her head and neck. When the owner threw a saddle on her, she puffed out so it took about 4 attempts to get the girth tight enough. It wasn't ideal ground, but she ha issues with turning right and & a couple times it was hard to get her to keep walking. I'm sure my trainer could help me deal with these issues, but she had a bit more sideways movement in her than I would like.
The movement and having to watch her weight just aren't for me.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-23-2019, 01:31 PM
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She is pretty, but congratulations on passing on a horse with needs that you may not be able to meet...👏👍🏻 get the gold star for today! Keep looking, you will find what you need,😀
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