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I've decided it's time... I need a gaited horse. Since my second neck surgery this ...
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    What's the best gaited horse?

    I've decided it's time...

    I need a gaited horse. Since my second neck surgery this past July, I feel I need a smoother ride. Don't get me wrong - I love my old QH's, they've both got such a nice, slow, smooth trot. But it's just not smooth enough and they're both, well, old.

    So, tell me about gaited horses. I won't be in a position to get one until probably next year but I like to do my homework. Which breed do you like and why? What are their good points/bad points?

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    I love American Saddlebreds. They are beautiful. And i know in the 5 gaited classes (they have the slo gait and the rack) the crowd just goes CRAZY and you can feel the buzz in the air. It's intense and looks like so much fun! get a saddlebred!!

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    Alright, I am biased. The Saddlebreds take the cake for me. There are 3 of them where I keep my horses and they always have been a favorite breed of mine. What a nice ride they are too!

    On another note MelissaH's Amante... drooooool.... That's a nice horse. Hey, his daughter is for sale you know! LOL!
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    Saddlebreds are beautiful (though not always their heads) and they are very PERSONABLE like a dog. Where you'll get some horses that are like...."oh yay. a person" Saddlebreds are usually like "OH HI!"

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    If I were buying a gaited horse it would be a Missouri Fox Trotter! I drool over those!

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    The only gaited horse I've ever ridden was this big, 16 hand all black GORGEOUS TWH..he was amaaazzzing.
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    you should get a saddlebred because they are beautiful and have great personalitys

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    Depends on how tall you want your new horse to be, as I have found as I age my enthusiasm for taller horses has lessened, and I used to ride Saddlebreds/TWH/TB's.

    IF height is not an issue, Saddlebred, they are like a best friend, intelligent, loving, responsive and beautiful. They bend over backwards to please, and can be anything from comforters to clowns. Not as easy on the back as some other breeds.

    Tennessee Walking Horses...can be calm, less excitable than Saddlebreds, more like been there done that, dependable comfortable souls, running walk that will make you feel like you are in arm chair.

    If want to stay closer to ground, Rocky Mountain Horses, Missouri Foxtrotters, the McCurdy Plantation Horses of Alabama, all of these horses have reputations as easy on the back, very versatile, and kind souls. Rackaloosas if you want color.

    Paso Finos, Peruvian Paso like being in a candy store.

    Call each of the breed associations and request information. Also there is now a gaited horse magazine, and you could contact trainers in there and read up on pros and cons.

    Also, saw a gorgeous black Appy/mule cross that did a singlefoot stepping pace that was really interesting, and was he pretty. Oh be still my heart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meljean View Post
    Depends on how tall you want your new horse to be, as I have found as I age my enthusiasm for taller horses has lessened, and I used to ride Saddlebreds/TWH/TB's.

    IF height is not an issue, Saddlebred, they are like a best friend, intelligent, loving, responsive and beautiful. They bend over backwards to please, and can be anything from comforters to clowns. Not as easy on the back as some other breeds.

    Tennessee Walking Horses...can be calm, less excitable than Saddlebreds, more like been there done that, dependable comfortable souls, running walk that will make you feel like you are in arm chair.

    If want to stay closer to ground, Rocky Mountain Horses, Missouri Foxtrotters, the McCurdy Plantation Horses of Alabama, all of these horses have reputations as easy on the back, very versatile, and kind souls. Rackaloosas if you want color.

    Paso Finos, Peruvian Paso like being in a candy store.

    Call each of the breed associations and request information. Also there is now a gaited horse magazine, and you could contact trainers in there and read up on pros and cons.

    Also, saw a gorgeous black Appy/mule cross that did a singlefoot stepping pace that was really interesting, and was he pretty. Oh be still my heart.
    I seriously can agree and relate with everything you said above!! I have tried foxtrotters, icelandics, twh's, peruvian pasos, spotted saddle horses, saddlebreds (so not smooth gaited...5 gaited yes but not smooth rolling like the rest, definitely need to post on a saddlebred...but LOVE the personality!). My personal favorites are the TWH and the peruvian paso!
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    Oh...you mean breed in general, not an actual horse. Well, I own a TWH so I am definitely biased. They are incredibly smooth and well natured. Especially if you can get a foundation bred twh b/c they actually bred for temperament back then. They're also very versatile and my boy is certainly hearty!

    I like Fox Trotters too. Another very hearty, smooth breed. Laid back too.

    I've gotta vote no on the saddlebreds. I may have been ruined by a horrible trainer, but from my experience they're very hot and flighty and the gait isn't all that smooth. Plus you have to know what you're doing most of the time to get them to do it anyway. And they're still proned to trot. If your back is in question, I would choose one of the naturally gaited breeds where trotting is not a gait they are supposed to perform.

    My experience also puts paso's in the hot category, but they are really smooth. I don't have much experience w/the other gaited breeds, but I would definitely look into the TWH and MFT.
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