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[RC] Breeds List - Peter Harper


Thanks for sending this out.  I'm a closet number
cruncher and love to have good data. ;-)

I did a little analysis with an eye to the gaited
breeds in endurance.  While Arab and Arab Crosses
continue to dominate the sport of endurance gaited
breeds are on the rise.  In 2003 gaited breeds*
represented 1.9% of the total number of horses
competing.  In 2004 that number grew to 2.2% of the
total horses competing.  That equals an annual growth
rate of 27.5% for gaited compared to the overall
growth rate of 7.7%.

Tennessee Walkers are the most popular gaited breed at
40.3% of the total gaited, followed by Missouri Fox
Trotters** 20.1%, Paso Finos 19.3%, Peruvian Paso
8.4%, Rocky Mountain 3.6%, Icelandic 2.9%, and Racking
Horse 2.3%

So next ride season when your going down the trail and
notice the horse next to you doing a little different
THANG you'll know why.

Have a Happy New Year,

Pete and Ladyhawk(TWH)

*In this case I assume the gaited breeds are Fox
Trotter, Icelandic, Kentucky Mt. Horse, Mo Fox, Paso
Fino, Peruvian Paso, Racking Horse, Rocky Mountain,
Spotted Saddle Horse, Tenn Walker, and TN Walker X. I
know there are some gaited Appys, Morgans and etc out
there but I selected the predominately gaited breeds.

**I suspect the Mo Fox and the Fox Trotter are really
the same breed the Missouri Fox Trotter.

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