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post #11 of 29 Old 03-13-2020, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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That's me, and I will never go back. I had wanted a Paso Fino for my husband's bad back for YEARS, but they were too expensive. Then the horse market fell apart, and I was able to get lots of Paso Finos for very little money. Pasos are sturdy, strong, fun, lively, gentle, kind, affectionate, and exciting to ride.

Like others have said, look at many horses before you make your choice.
It was incredibly smooth and fun. I do have to say. I had NO clue what I was doing, but he was really responsive to the leg so we did just fine. Paso Finos are so darn pretty *swoon*
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post #12 of 29 Old 03-13-2020, 09:00 AM
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Hi and Welcome!! So exiting to be getting your own horse again after all these years!!!

A little background...I too rode hunter jumpers in my youth & teens. After college, kiddos and a move, I was able to start riding again and haven't looked back. Went into Dressage for many years, until divorce stooped that (very expensive) world.

Now I just putter around on my property practicing basic dressage and go trail riding, often alone.

Based on what you have said, IMO you will love riding the trails and doing some endurance. It is a lot of fun

Now the horses; I have a RMHA gelding and I love him so much. He is a bit of a handful at times, but smooth as silk. He is not however, suited to endurance as just not fast enough. The gelding you are looking at, Does have endurance training, so I think he would be a great choice for you! It is weird at times to not trot, but your prospect may trot also, some do. Definitely do xrays of his feet though, to make sure every thing is ok. They are prone to metabolic issues, as are some other breeds.


The mare you are looking at, I am not sure will suit your endurance goals. Her back is very concerning to me, as to saddle fit but more importantly huge withers could mean kissing spine. So you would need to get xrays of her back in any PPE. The other issue is she is a draft cross, and although some do well, some do not. They also tend to have metabolic issues, and IME do not tend to remain sound long term. I had an Arab/Percheron cross gelding who I loved so much (he was my last Dressage horse) but he had to be pts at age 14 because his joints were crumbling. Another cross I know, shown up to GP had to be pts at 17 for severe coffin bone rotation. I could name more, but bottom line is they are more likely to break down sooner.

I would choose the RM gelding. He is experienced and eager. He may need a bit of management feed wise, but overall he sounds the best. Don't worry about not knowing much about gaited horses, they are pretty easy to understand. Main thing is no or very little lunging or small circles, as their movement is lateral. If you continue to take some lessons, you can get in trotting time!


My gelding soles get thin in lots of rain, so he wears shoes and pads in the winter. We just pulled his shoes yesterday, and his feet look great. Might be all this gelding needs
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post #13 of 29 Old 03-13-2020, 10:49 AM
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if you are open to Arabians Love This Horse Arab rescue has quite a few. they trail ride them and have kids show them up untill adoption. they also submit their DNA and get their registered info so if you EVER cared to do anything that would involve pedigree you could. good endurance and trail horses. never met an arab who was not a love bug. they have a facebook and a website if you are interested. worth a look.
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post #14 of 29 Old 03-13-2020, 02:56 PM
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Welcome!! It is exciting that you are thinking of getting in to horse ownership.

I just joined the world of endurance riding last year and I am absolutely hooked! I am using my 21 (almost 22) year old Standardbred Gelding for it. And this year I hope to introduce my 6 year old Canadian Mare. I have placed well with my Standardbred, but due to my mare's build, I have very low expectations of her.

For endurance, you want the horse to stay sound, but I would not be as concerned with confirmation as I would other traits. I mean, of course there are certain things you want to avoid, but there are other things I would keep in mind as well.

My Standardbred does not have great confo - he toes in quite badly. However, he has remained sound.

If i were looking for a potential endurance mount, I would be looking at their ability to 'hunt' the trail and how confident they are on trails alone. If your horse has no desire to push themselves or continue down the trail, then it will not be a good endurance horse. They should have the heart and desire to keep going. Or if they cannot stand being on trail alone...also not a good situation. The last thing you want is a horse that freaks out if they find themselves on trail with no other horses around.

BTW, one of my favorite things to do especially during the winter months is to just take my horses for hand walks. It's a good way to start early conditioning, and is great exercise for both of us. I really hope you find your ideal partner!!
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post #15 of 29 Old 03-13-2020, 03:32 PM
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such a good point; that the horse be able to 'hunt' the trail. I've never heard it put that way, but I totally know what you are talking about. Some horses walk down the trail, just drawn forward by the line of the trail and their burning desire to see what's around the corner. Others sort of 'mince' down the trail, with apprehension as to what's around the corner.


I rode an Appy for some years. He was always, "I wonder what's around the corner . . . . " (imagine this with a falling tone, like 'uh-oh', something bad might be there)


Then I rode the Andalusian, who went along with a chipper, "hm m. . I wonder what I will get to see around the next corner"
whole different feel.
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post #16 of 29 Old 03-13-2020, 03:47 PM
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My RMHA gelding loves trails, hates arenas. He wants to follow the trail, not make new paths! I know when he stops and tries to turn back, it is because I've gone off trail...he is always right and keeps me from getting lost.
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post #17 of 29 Old 03-14-2020, 06:46 AM
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I started riding in my early 40's when my kids got interested and at 50+ I'm still riding my first horse. Because I have occasional lower back pain I looked for a gaited horse. What I found was a gaited gelding, estimated to be 19 years old and assumed to be a RMH. I bought him because he was nearby and cheap. After 8 years my gelding has never taken lame step, been sick a day, or seen the vet for more than routine shots so I wouldn't let the age of the gelding scare you. We've had many more health and medical issues with younger horses. I joined a local riding club and found that most of the 50+ year old members rode gaited horses. I wouldn't dismiss a gaited horse just because it is new and unfamiliar to you. There are 3 stock horses in our herd at home that I also ride just because they are there but I much prefer riding my gaited gelding. In my biased opinion I'd dismiss the mare because of the high withers and long back and probably move forward with the gelding but have his feet thoroughly evaluated.
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post #18 of 29 Old 03-14-2020, 09:34 AM
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Just a couple thoughts about the mare:
I would consider it a red flag if she appears thin but the other horses at the facility are not thin.
There may be a serious underlying health issue that will require expensive testing and medication or supplements to get her healthy.

Another thing to think of is that some horses that appear docile when underweight can become fiery and more difficult to handle when at a good weight.
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post #19 of 29 Old 03-15-2020, 12:10 AM
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Are there any foxtrotters near you? Might be worth looking into. I like a gaited horse that can walk, trot, canter, and gait. Or a gaited Morgan.

Some gaited horses don't canter- they just pace faster, or canter in front and pace behind which is awful.

I would pick neither horse and keep looking.
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post #20 of 29 Old 03-15-2020, 10:50 AM
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I also thought I'd comment on saddle fit. If you think the horse's build might cause issues with saddle fit, I would steer clear. I am dealing with a hard to fit horse and to be honest, if I"d known how big of a nightmare and how much money I would spend on this, I may have chosen a different horse.

Granted, I have also learned a lot, so I guess the education comes at a hefty price.
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