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Posted on Thu, Nov 27, 2008 10:14

Star, Have you had much experience with the gaited horses tripping in rough country? I've been deluged by Walkers and Trotters that are being brought out here from the East by our new "immigrants". Most all of them have this problem that we rarely see in QH's. Their trimming or shoes are fine. I'm guessing that the balance on a gaited horse is upset by the rough erratic terrain. I've been working on shoulders in which helps a bit, but I figure you're the Woman to discuss balance issues. Any thoughts on this tripping issue?


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Posted on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 14:07

ok  first  TWH at  least  are trimmed differently than  AQH  this can  make them trippy .. shorten the toe on the rear hooves  just a little at a time  ands trim the toe in  front  short but  the heel long  this  gives an allmost stacked appearance  but  they  walk differently  than   a quarterhorse  they have a deeper angle in the chest  which  should be immitated in the hoof  if the heel is too low in  front  they  trip.



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Posted on Mon, Apr 09, 2012 03:37

Quoting finosrme:

hey more gaited folks I love it I ride a fino and he is awsomoe on the trail cant slow him down he will climb or go through anything  and yes he also is showing this year also have 2 Justin morgans and they do great in teh  trail also and like the grinder post I use a small one to keep mine neat and trim also



OMG!!!  A GRINDER? REALLY? YOUR KIDDING?  Nippers and a rasp people..never a grinder!!!



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Posted on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 21:44

hey more gaited folks I love it I ride a fino and he is awsomoe on the trail cant slow him down he will climb or go through anything  and yes he also is showing this year also have 2 Justin morgans and they do great in teh  trail also and like the grinder post I use a small one to keep mine neat and trim also



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Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 18:02

Quoting horsenaro0und101:

I have 4 gaited horses, 1 TWH, 1 SSH and 2 Racking. All are and have been ridden barefoot for several years. We ride in some pretty tough and rocky terrain. If they are trimmed correctly they will not trip of stumble. My TWH and SSH used to trip terribly when the farrier shod them. He was leaving the toes to long. I now trim them myself with a grinder every 4 weeks and no tripping or stumbling. They can climb like mountain goats.


grinder?  your kidding, right?



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Posted on Sun, Mar 11, 2012 16:27

I have 4 gaited horses, 1 TWH, 1 SSH and 2 Racking. All are and have been ridden barefoot for several years. We ride in some pretty tough and rocky terrain. If they are trimmed correctly they will not trip of stumble. My TWH and SSH used to trip terribly when the farrier shod them. He was leaving the toes to long. I now trim them myself with a grinder every 4 weeks and no tripping or stumbling. They can climb like mountain goats.

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Posted on Tue, Mar 06, 2012 15:55

I breed ,raise and train walkers. If they arent trained properly this could lead to the tripping. When their feet are done the toe is left longer than you would in a QH and a pleasure walker shoe is used on the front. That is a slightly weighted shoe to encourage them to pick up their feet. Also you can use "rollers" which are additional weight they wear strapped just above the coronary band loosly. In the early training when riding as soon as their gait is disrupted you bring them to a complete stop. Wait a few seconds and start again. Walkers are naturally gaited, what we do when we train them is to teach them keep the gait for longer intrevals. Once they get it down its a wonderful ride no matter what the terrain. I see alot of walkers get "screwedup" by people who try and ride them like a non gaited horse. I have one now that the previous owners did just that. I have been the only one riding him for the past 4 years and he is almost right now. When I first got him his ride was so bad I hated him. But I stuck with him and hes doing alot better now. Good luck


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Posted on Mon, Nov 07, 2011 17:00

You should check out my stallion, Max. He has a beautiful Arabian-like head. Not all Walkers have that head...

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Posted on Mon, Dec 29, 2008 05:50

Weclome to the funny farm 3horse2dog. So you know, Woody will probably find you a new nickname... Sure are lots of gaited horse riders here! As to their looks, we would all be in trouble if everyone wanted their horse to look like a Quarter horse. I hear warmbloods all over laughing at the thought. Actually, I think many of the larger gaited horse breeds look and move more like a warmblood than a AQHA... Again, welcome. We have wonderful people who play here. Happy New Year!

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Posted on Sun, Dec 28, 2008 16:06

from a friend of 3horse2dog

I ride gaited horses in the mountains and in the NM desert badlands, and will tell you that there are some horses that are good on the up and down, and some who just really have a hard time, especially going downhill.   Where they are brought up seems to make a big difference, but turning them out in a hilly area really helps.

I really love to ride my gaited horses long distances and sure do enjoy the cadillac ride.   Most of them are kinda ugly by QH standards, so they have to be exceptionally well gaited or I just won't ride them.  

I tried to go back to pretty Quarter horses, but the bumpy ride made me wish for a bananna head...

have fun,   C



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Posted on Wed, Dec 24, 2008 19:49

Merry Christmas Montana!

Annie



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Posted on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 18:17

Quoting Almostannie: Where is Montana!!! He must have gone to the Bahamas!

That is a good question. All we can do is hope that he is staying safe, and maybe enjoying himself a little, where ever he is. I did not know him very well, but it seems he has been her for some time and is valued by many of the members here. Come back, come back, where ever you are, Mr. Montana!

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Posted on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 18:11

Quoting starhorse: You are soooo right, in many situations this was true. But not all of them are that way...It was an adventure. I did not like getting up at 3 am to go out hunting...mostly we followed drags, and an occasional deer or coyote. Once the hounds caught a fox. It must have been a mistake as our hunt did not go out looking for a kill. That fox must have had something wrong with it. We lost most of our hounds in the swamps. Even with tracking collars. They would run off and the gators would find them. The tracking collars did not help. But as I said, a wonderful group of people.

Where is Montana!!! He must have gone to the Bahamas!


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Posted on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 16:16

You are soooo right, in many situations this was true. But not all of them are that way...It was an adventure. I did not like getting up at 3 am to go out hunting...mostly we followed drags, and an occasional deer or coyote. Once the hounds caught a fox. It must have been a mistake as our hunt did not go out looking for a kill. That fox must have had something wrong with it. We lost most of our hounds in the swamps. Even with tracking collars. They would run off and the gators would find them. The tracking collars did not help. But as I said, a wonderful group of people.

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Posted on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 11:40

Starhorse, Well, that's Palm Beach for you - horses are dispensable. You have one laid up for the season with a torn heel, you just go out and get another horse. I like to hang on to mine. :-)


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Posted on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 09:09

Quoting Almostannie: Oh Starhorse, Bloody Marys - Great after hunt drink. Everytime I drink one, it kind of gives me that warm, muddy, tired, happy feeling. That's why I love them. While hunting several of us used to ride at the back of the field -great way to pick up loose horses, staggering riders, shut gates left open, etc. But the best part about being at the rear were the flasks of port that were passed around. Never got used to the taste - blech - and always worried about drinking out of a flask that 6 different people drank out of - I guess it was like a spin the bottle contest staying 6 feet apart. However that's one thing I really miss about hunting - we had a great time! And our horse's heels never got stepped on by someone's 17 hand warmblood because your little 15.2 hand horse was being used for brakes. A little too thrilling for me now.

HAHAHA! I rode with the Palm Beach Hunt for one season. You are soooo right!!! I was not drinking at that time so did not get the flask handed to me. However, you are so right about the how some of them stopped their horses. I was shocked! The riders in the front told the "weekend riders" who could not stop their horses to run them into the back of their horses. I had never seen anything like that before in my life. But what a great group of people to know. And the parties...well, as you know, they do like to party...

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Posted on Sat, Dec 13, 2008 08:53

Oh Starhorse, Bloody Marys - Great after hunt drink. Everytime I drink one, it kind of gives me that warm, muddy, tired, happy feeling. That's why I love them. While hunting several of us used to ride at the back of the field -great way to pick up loose horses, staggering riders, shut gates left open, etc. But the best part about being at the rear were the flasks of port that were passed around. Never got used to the taste - blech - and always worried about drinking out of a flask that 6 different people drank out of - I guess it was like a spin the bottle contest staying 6 feet apart. However that's one thing I really miss about hunting - we had a great time! And our horse's heels never got stepped on by someone's 17 hand warmblood because your little 15.2 hand horse was being used for brakes. A little too thrilling for me now.


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Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 18:37

Welcome back, Annie!!! I must admit that I HATE tomato juice. ugggggghhhhhhh. But, this week, while I was in Minnesoda I discovered another that is my new fav. It is a mudslide with a dose of vodka. Oh, yah.... Have been sipping on one glass for the last two hours. Does it always take this long to drink a drink? Do I need more practice? I do like this better than the blackberry brandy. Much smooother. Tastes like a chocolate shake.. I still believe the best cure for a tripping gaited horse is....

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Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 18:33

I do not recall his horses name. But, really...when are you going to stop tripping these gaited horses? Geepers. Everyone will think this only happens with them...

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Posted on Fri, Dec 12, 2008 17:23

Woodroe!!! I love Bloody Marys!!!! My favorite drink, and your's sounds great- stir one up for me, please


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