Head nod comes with a properly gaiting TWH horse whether on the trail or in the show ring. It's just part of the physics of how they are put together. Show people to try and teach their horses to exaggerate their natural head movements.
Don't forget their beautiful flat walk, I could ride that all day....Yes, TWH's are comfortable. They have, really 6 gaits:
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The gaits underlined and in blue are the ones to avoid. =D
TWH's were bred to be ridden over long distances without rattling the bones of the rider, as are ALL gaited horses. The Plantation Walker may be a show classification, but these horses drop to the ground at birth and get up gaiting. They do not need any special shoeing or artificial mechanism to train them to be comfortable. They are related to Standardbreds and have a very choppy trot.
I use Rylen on trail only. The head bob is not distracting, he moves without tugging on the reins but keeps soft contact with the bit. They just have to be taught to move/keep within the "confines" of the reins and not pull them out of your hands.
I trail ride all of the time, I really don't even notice my horses' head nod.
Yes I agree with this. I can create a 'larger' head nod with my horse by collecting him more and asking for bigger movement, or let him out and get a more ground covering gait.Head nod comes with a properly gaiting TWH horse whether on the trail or in the show ring. It's just part of the physics of how they are put together. Show people to try and teach their horses to exaggerate their natural head movements.
If you're interested in Heritage Breeding, here's a link that may be informative.I saw a you tube video where the horse bobs head up and down.. Do they all do that?No. Those that perform the running walk do bob up and down to varying degrees starting with barely noticeable to even the ears flop. Just depends on the horse.
TWH's whose heads/necks move from side-to-side are performing some version of the pace or rack. Again the degree of movement varies with each horse.
are they smooth?Yes, the running walk is smooth can someone send me a link how to see their website?There are TWH's being bred strictly for pleasure and trail riding. Those folks are called "Heritage Breeders". The word "Plantation" in this day and age is generally associated with "Plantation Pleasure" in the show ring anyone have one?
G is pretty well spot on, However something just occured to me. There is a Line of horses I believe they were called "McCurdy Plantation Horses". I'm not sure if Im remembering correctly or not. But, even so I believe they were just a "line" of walkers that was heavily linebred in a given area.
The plantation classes, are just a Heavy shod TWH.