Rocky Mountain Saddle horses? .......

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by 2468Chickensrgr8, Apr 29, 2009.

  1. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Does anyone own one?..What are they like?..I have been looking for a horse for sometime now....going to go look at one tonight...Merci
  2. FlightsofFancy

    FlightsofFancy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 22, 2008
    Canton, GA
    I love them! Road them for years. They are sweet, smart, steady footed, and some are marked up beautifully.
    Good luck and let us know how it goes.
  3. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

    Jan 12, 2007
    Land of Lincoln
    I've never ridden them but they are alot like the MO fox trotters which I loved them! however I love my Pasos better LOL! [​IMG] because they are perfect for my SHORT body! [​IMG]
  4. 2468Chickensrgr8

    2468Chickensrgr8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2007
    Are they easy to learn how to ride....I have never ridden a gaited horse I have seen icelantic's ...which are cool to watch....but i was wondering if it different..I guess you have to give them a cue to gait"rack"...Is the gait a little bit faster than a trot...I'll be asking these questions to the owners..I am trying not to be to excited in checking him out...They used him only for trails.....thanks
  5. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you are used to hunter or dressage horses, gaited horses can IMO take some getting used to; if you are used to WP type horses, or just any ole trail riding, it may not be much of a change (or, some people feel, for the better [​IMG])

    The ones I've known have mostly been rather narrow horses, good for short-legged people (though not necessarily large-bodied people unless accompanied by a good, balanced seat on the horse).

    The ones I've known have had brains comparable to TWHs, i.e. very good solid citizens and a pleasure to work with.

    I would say the ones I've seen advertised for sale here in ON do seem to be priced up considerably beyond their worth IMHO though.

    Of course what really matters is less the breed average than this PARTICULAR horse and how he clicks with you [​IMG]

    Good luck,

  6. farrier!

    farrier! Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 28, 2009
    Southern Illinois
    I see a lot of gaited horses that cannot gait.
    Do you know what a trot and a pace feel like?

    If nothing else you need to pick up a front and a hind to see what type of shoe is on the horses. A lot of these Rockies or Walkers cannot gait a step without more then a pound of shoe on each hoof.

    Unluckily the "good stallions" are the ones that can place in the show ring, not the ones with a natural barefoot gait.

    They can often be great beginner's horses, very forgiving and often a bit lazy.

    I have owned gaited horses in the past. I like a nice bred one but enjoy my Arabs flying down the trail more... [​IMG]
  7. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Centerburg, Ohio
    The woman who owns the farm I used to train for dealt mainly in Morgans for show, but also raised Spotted Saddle Horses and Racking horses. We used to trail ride all over the state and rode often with a guy named Dan who had a gorgeous Rocky Mountain stallion., This horse would go all day, was smooth as silk and was ridden with mares - no problems. He was just wearing plates and I know he was smooth because I got to ride him once!
  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    The TWHs and Pasos that I've variously worked with and ridden mostly haven't gaited much or at all (at least not in a technical 'name that gait' kind of way)... but have still been flatter- and somewhat 'different'-moving than the TBs/WBs/drafts/QHs I was mostly familiar with. Also a number of them paced at least some of the time (which I personally find dismaying but some people apparently find comfy to ride). This was barefoot or in yer basic generic shoe and foot length.

    Hard to tell. Just go see the horse, you're shopping for *him* not his whole breed [​IMG]

  9. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2009
    fort ashby, wv
    rocky mountain horses do a racking gait, very smooth, they have a lot of walking horse blood in them, they can be different colors but their signature color is chocolate with flaxen mane and tail
  10. pamperedpoultry

    pamperedpoultry CHICKENFIED

    We have Racking horses, TW's, and Standardbreds along with Quarter horses. All of ours are Flat shod. Our racking horses have a much smoother gait. The Tw's are more like a rocking chair and the standardbreds pace. From my experience in gaite horses he Rocky mtn's are suposed to be alot like the racking horses and have a smooth gait.

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