ridecamp@endurance.net: Re: Fashion and the market

Re: Fashion and the market

tina hicks (hickst@puzzler.nichols.com)
Mon, 10 Mar 1997 09:00:39 -0600

At 05:59 PM 3/9/97 -0700, gerhardt wrote:
I have
>really wondered why more people are not flocking to the gaited horses
>generally and Mountain Horses specifically, rather than keep on riding
>horses that they have to stand in the saddle to get away from a body
>pounding trot, instead of a horse that they can sit on in comfort for both
>themselves and the horse.

Well, I, for one, love to post to what you call a "body-pounding" trot - I
love that big trot that gets me down the trail....In many cases the
behaviours you read about here are not always a function of the breed - it's
prior riding. For some reason, many of us seem to be riding other people's
problems and what you hear us talk about is the direct result of that.

As for not being many gaited horses out there - endurance riding is the kind
of sport where the breeds that do it and stay sound are the ones folks use
by and large - for a bunch of reasons, Arabs (and some other breeds as well)
seem to be particularly suited to this sport.

I don't know that much about the population of gaited horses vs. non-gaited
- maybe it's more a function of there just aren't as many??? Sure doesn't
seem that way down here in the South - we are racking and walking horse
heaven. there are gaited horses that do it successfully - maybe Truman will
pipe up -but you are right - not many. Dunno if it's cause they haven't been
successful or cause they really haven't had a chance to try.....

A little side note - belittling other breeds is not the way (at least in my
mind) to make people want to flock to you or your breed :-))
Tina | Huntsville, AL

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