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Re: Re: RC: Another troublesome body-part

Amanda, how did this get on ridecamp?  *I replied to you personally.* 
I wasn't trying to stick my neck out for comments by others, it was 
strictly my experience I was relating.  I was describing a gear that 
my TWH with a lot of overstride had *before* the speed of the flat 
walk.  Just warning about how that can cause back pain.

And not all Arabs have suspended trots!  Mine certainly doesn't.

who taught handicapped people to ride on TWHs for nearly 7 years, and 
evaluated all of the horses submitted for possible inclusion in our 
program, means I rode a whole lot of TWHs.  Most of those were 
former/retired show horses.

At 9:55 AM -0500 2/28/01, Amanda Perez wrote:
>I must respectfully disagree with Lynnes generalization
>of TWHs walk as being rough.  It may be true for some TWHs, but
>the two I have ridden extensively both have very smooth,
>'slam'-free walks.  The first walker I rode extensively is
>wonderfully smooth in ALL his gaits.  My current TWH
>is smooth at a walk, running-walk and rack. His running walk
>and rack are great (though not the best I have ridden): I can
>just sit back, and could easily pass the 'water glass' test.
>(If you've never ridden a gaited horse, it is quite something
>to zip along at a four-beat gait, no posting, just sitting~ 
>Too cool!)  Cy will occasionally trot... now THAT is murder,
>especially when he swiches into it unexpectedly from a running-
>walk, catching me sitting back, totally unprepared to post. 
>His canter is not rough per se, but is long-strided, requiring
>considerable "following" motion in the pelvis to sit it, which
>is hard on the lower back for any length of time.
>   Again,as is so often stated here, all horses are different,
>and of course riders have different tastes in gaits (I find
>that lovely arab 'floating trot' is lovely to look a but, with
>its long period of suspension, murder to ride).  Just don't
>want anyone to get put off walkers based on one persons
>Amanda - sticking with my Walker for now
>Cy     - Gee, thanks, mom.  Where's breakfast?
>>  The TWHs have a gait called "dog walk" that is like any
>>  horse's walk (one gear below the flat walk, two before
>running walk)
>>  and it *slams* you.  They have hocks that are out beyond the
>>  (on purpose) and with the overstride, it's a lot of motion. 
>>  great horses, but unless you stay in flat walk and above,
>they are
>>  NOT smooth.
>>  My mare has the most wonderful rocking horse canter, just
>like my
>>  TWHs did.  Stay away from the short-coupled Arabs where the
>motor is
>>  right underneath you; pick one with a big hip that doesn't
>have any
>>  trouble stepping up, and you'll be comfortably surprised.
>>  I used to ride with a back support, haven't needed one in
>years now.
>>  Lynne
>>  and smooth ole Ember
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