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I have been reading some of the posts on here about TWH.

I am looking at a TWH for sale tomorrow.

I have been looking for a proven trail horse for the past 10 weeks. IF this one is everything they claim, :wink:, she will be coming home with me.

She is reg and has ton of trail experience. She was shown in halter when she was younger.

I have her ad that I will pm to anyone interested if you ask for it.

I have never owned anything other than grade 3 gaited horses before and am really getting some eye opening info from some of these posts.

I have the same old, same old worries that keep popping up.

Will she be too fast for my other horses to ride compatibly with, how can I tell if she was abused, how to know if her gait is ok, will any of my saddles fit her, or will I most definitely have to get another one, ( I know this one is a factor with any horse and saddle fit, I guess I would like to know if anyone has had luck with using a smaller skirt saddle on a gaited horse ) how is a horse like this to ride bareback etc, etc?

Please pm me if you are gaited savvy, unlike me. I would love for you to take a look at her and give me your opinion.

The video shown of her was after a 10 month hiatus after she had a baby.

Thanks.
 

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I just found this. Is this how my other horses and horses that I would ride with would ride together? Or rather, not ride together.

 

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It really depends, but yes, on good trail rides there is usually a gaited horse group and a non-gaited group, since the gaiteds do tend to walk faster. To keep up with the gaited group, a non-gaited horse would need to switch from a walk to a trot from time to time.

That said, I had a non-gaited 14.3hh mule that could outwalk any gaited horse. It really depends on the horse and how it walks--my gaited boy has a slow walk, but his next gear is quicker.

How to tell if she is abused can be easy and hard. Often people beat a horse in the head, so gently run your hands over her head and especially ears, and see if she flinches or pulls away. Then try the basic haltering and bridling actions and see if she reacts. Try loading her in a trailer, taking her in and out of a barn and a stall, etc. That's all pretty easy to tell if she has a problem. Where it's harder is if she was abused in certain situations you don't know of, like when a train went by so no one would hear the abuse. But those things can be worked through if you come across them.

As for saddles--again, it all depends on the horse. My gaited is very stocky and a QH saddle fits him fine. But usually gaiteds are more slender and need more front shoulder clearance, things like that. I would have a saddler fit your horse and tell you exactly what she needs.

I would really have no idea about gaits (I'm new to this myself), but would think that watching her in a video would really help--does she have a clean stride (I believe TWHs can overreach their back feet past their front feet and it's considered normal), does she foul herself at any point (contact with hooves or legs), etc.

Above all else, just make sure her personality fits you. And get a trial period and have your vet do a pre-purchase exam! You may have to give up a deposit if you return the horse if she doesn't work out, but that's better than losing all your money if she doesn't work out for you.

Good luck!! I hope it works for you!!
 

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Is the horse you looked at the one in the you tube video?

Revised: I just see you used it as an example.

I ride with nongaited. The nongaited people don't like gaiteds as when you get your horse into gait you are in effect moving to or above the speed of a trot. If they canter they pass you, unless you have a racker. If they trot they bounce until their stomach hurts. If you just walk your horse you can work on slowing them down. If the horse was shown you may have a lot of work ahead in order to do it, but it can be accomplished.

I will sum it up this way, we have a good friend who because of his location often ends up riding his TWH and MFT with nongaited. Whenever he rides with us the first words out of his mouth are usually "geez I love riding with other gaited horseowners".
 

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Thanks. I kind of think the same thing. It's probably possible for non and gaited horses to ride together, but a lot more work/training might be involoved to get it there.

I did go see this mare yesterday.

The ad made this horse sound exactly what I was looking for. NOT! :lol:

The horse was ready to jump out of its skin.

The woman herself was so disgusted how things went that she offered the horse to me at a fraction of the price listed.

It would have been an awesome deal if I wanted a project horse, but, this time around, I want one that I can pull out of the pasture and just go.

I ride 4-6 times a week, so once the horse got to that stage, everything would be fine. But, at my age, I don't need to refresh a horse that amount.

Thanks everyone.


Is the horse you looked at the one in the you tube video?

Revised: I just see you used it as an example.

I ride with nongaited. The nongaited people don't like gaiteds as when you get your horse into gait you are in effect moving to or above the speed of a trot. If they canter they pass you, unless you have a racker. If they trot they bounce until their stomach hurts. If you just walk your horse you can work on slowing them down. If the horse was shown you may have a lot of work ahead in order to do it, but it can be accomplished.

I will sum it up this way, we have a good friend who because of his location often ends up riding his TWH and MFT with nongaited. Whenever he rides with us the first words out of his mouth are usually "geez I love riding with other gaited horseowners".
 

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It all depends on the horse on whether or not you will have trouble with non-gaited speeds. My old horse had so many different speeds that we could do a dog walk and stay just as slow as everyone else. We could gait slower, same, or faster than the other horses. We could also canter so slow that they could trot or we could out run them. It all depends on the horse, the rider, and the little fine tuning you can/will do once you have it.

That being said my step dad has some horses that easily out trot the gaited horses we have. We can kick it into a rack and leave them behind, but at a regular running walk tehy can leave us.
 

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Horsegma can I recommend that you check into some other gaited breeds as well. There is the Missouri Fox Trotter which is often a more mellow breed, the Rocky Mountain, Kentucky mountains often are a calmer temperament. If you have your heart set on a walker keep looking, the more mellow ones are out there, sometimes you just have to do a lot of looking.
 

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I would agree, look at all gaited breeds. There are good and bad ones in each group, but that way you at least know that you have a wider range to look at. There are spotted saddle horses as well. (they can basically be any horse that can gait and is a paint)
 

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Thank you all for your help and info.

I just wanted you to know that the search is over.

I just got home from buying my new trail horse.

He's not gaited, he's a Paint and his tempermant is awesome. He's just what I have been looking for.

Thanks again.
 

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Congratulations! :D What changed your mind?
 

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I was looking at all horses. I wasn't limiting myself to just gaited, or non gaited.

It really just came down to the horse that had all of my requirements, and, the horse I bought had them all!

I have to be honest though, I was always worried about the gaited trailing with non gaiteds.

But, a good horse, is a good horse.
 

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Exactly... Of any color :)
 

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Exactly... Of any color :)
Ditto!

I wasn't going for color either. I just got lucky and like his looks.

My "dream" color is a black and white. I came across my "dream" colored horse this past Sunday. But, he was a horse with no ground manners, was afraid to leave his herd, and has had NO desensitizing at all. I reached up to get the hair out of my eyes and he jumped into the next county. Beautiful horse, but, not "kid broke" like they claimed. :evil: I would say he was "rodeo" broke! :lol:

The one I bought today is almost a solid paint. He's bay with a white face. The only reason why he's not breeding stock is because the white goes above his eyes.

Other than two white socks.

I'll see if I can get a pic on here of him.

 

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Congrats! I love Quarter Horses, but I know if I buy another one I will ride and won't be able to walk for a week. I am not ancient, but my back takes the brunt of the bounce. If I was a millionaire I can tell you I would probably have one of every breed out there, and with that much money I wouldn't care if they could only be pasture ornaments for me. :)
 
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