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Postby Bigshrimp » Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:50 pm

This is for Yawallac, Steve and other field trialers:

what breeds of horses (if any in particular) are most popular in field trials and why??

.....just curious and love the equines!!
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Postby Ryan » Sun Mar 04, 2007 8:53 pm

They use gaited horses like the Tennessee walking horse. Simply beacuse they are a smoother ride than your throughbreds for riding all day.
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Postby CherrystoneWeims » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:07 pm

Ryan wrote:They use gaited horses like the Tennessee walking horse. Simply beacuse they are a smoother ride than your throughbreds for riding all day.


It's not just the smooth ride but also because you don't want to have to worry about posting to the trot and having to think about gaits while handling a horse. A good FT horse is worth his weight in gold.

I have run my dogs off of both gaited and non-gaited horses for practice. The smoothness of the ride does not matter to me (I actually like the non-gaited since that is what I was raised with) but when you have a horse that you don't have to think about gaits with it helps keep your mind on the dog.
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Re: Horses for field trials

Postby CherrystoneWeims » Mon Mar 05, 2007 2:10 pm

Bigshrimp wrote:This is for Yawallac, Steve and other field trialers:

what breeds of horses (if any in particular) are most popular in field trials and why??

.....just curious and love the equines!!


In my area I see Tenn. Walkers, Peruvian Pasos, and Paso Fino's. I like the Tenn. Walkers the best because they seem to have a more level head on their shoulders. You also want a horse that will ground tie reliably because sometimes you will need to get off of your horse quickly before your scout can grab the reins.
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Postby Bigshrimp » Mon Mar 05, 2007 3:47 pm

Thanks 8)

I have always heard the term gaited...non-gaited but have never really understood?? Do they not move from a walk to trot to canter??


Any pics you would like to share :D
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Postby CherrystoneWeims » Mon Mar 05, 2007 8:55 pm

Bigshrimp wrote:Thanks 8)

I have always heard the term gaited...non-gaited but have never really understood?? Do they not move from a walk to trot to canter??


Any pics you would like to share :D


No the gaited horses do a running walk instead of a trot. It is very smooth.
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Postby Steve Anker » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:15 am

CASEY- the Big Fella, is a Tennessee Walking Horse.

His gait is okay, lots more comfortable than say a quarter or a TB.
he ground ties... unless we stop near an alphalfa field, then all bets are off.
Much much smoother than the Quarter horse we had when I was a kid.

The objective for the use of a "walking" horse is the smooth gait and faster than average "walk". Read the rule books, it says a horse must be kept at a WALK, (AKC) doesnt say it can't be a shagg'n walk, hence the walkers shine for this reason.
Also when the TW was developed, as I have read, temperment was a major concern. A calm dependable horse with a smooth fast gaited walk was to be the end product. They did a great work as it shows in todays horses.

We see a few PASO's., Morgans, up this way in trials.

Anyone with a low mileage smooth gaited paint DRAFT for sale for a large ex-footballer with bad kneeez? :D
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My friend Kens TW Horse got TAGGED in Virginia while we ran dogs at the 2006 AKC GUN DOG CHAMPIONSHIP- damn Yankee he got whatzzacomin. :D
We laughed our @sses off...musta been a driveby...
(damn NewYorkPlates!)
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Postby bill10979 » Tue Mar 13, 2007 9:23 am

Steve you kill me!
Seeing that dog in the tub reminds me of my old college football 2 a days. We used to fill up the giant plastic garbage tubs with cold water & ice to soothe the knees & joints. You talk soprano for a while but it did feel good & refreshed you..

I Used to have a paint and a thoro/quarter cross. 2 nice horses. The paint was silly-Id spend 15 minutes grooming after riding and he'd give himself a "dirt bath" every time soon as I got done. Just roll in the dirt. Crazy old horse. Stepped on my foot once-DAMN! that hurt.
Hope to ride a TW Horse some day, must be a reason theyre so popular with that gait.

And Typical NY fans & thugs. Have to "tag" an innocent horse minding his own business!
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Postby Steve Anker » Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:23 pm

The horse TAGGER was Jim Heckert and his son, friends, parked next door, good fellas and first class Trialers-
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Postby yawallac » Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:38 pm

Tennessee Walking Horse 20 to 1.

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Too funny! NY.

They would run me out of my FT club if they knew I was from NY. I always tell them PA. That goes over better for some reason. My Binghamton accent sounds more like Chicago than Long Island, so I can fool 'em! :)
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Postby Steve Anker » Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:10 pm

- not to worry- just shaving cream-
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2006- Jim won the whole sheeeebang with a Pointer named Covey up Johnny. Dog is owned by Ray Knight- baseball fella.
Currently AKC's number one Pointer GUN DOG in Points.
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Postby yawallac » Thu Mar 15, 2007 3:33 pm

AKC's number one Pointer

He's crossed over to the Dark Side!

...sorry, I've become an AF snob!!! :D
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Postby CherrystoneWeims » Thu Mar 15, 2007 8:44 pm

Ross, can you believe that I will be having a BOYKIN at my house in a couple of weeks?? :shock:

I'm taking one of Mark's dogs for socialization and house training.
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Postby yawallac » Fri Mar 16, 2007 7:58 am

Pam,

I had never heard of them before moving to SC. Then, in 1986, I read in the paper that they were having the Boykin National Championship Field Trial in Camden, SC, so I decided to go and see what a Boykin was.

Boykins are pretty cool little dogs. Lots of animation, determination and heart. I was impressed with the little guys. I like them. :)
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Postby Steve Anker » Fri Mar 16, 2007 8:46 am

He's crossed over to the Dark Side!


:D

Pointers should be in a class of their own!
There's a big handsome talented fella from Long Island that runs Pointers in AKC also, has two pointers in the top 10 as well,

the name escapes meeeee-

American Field, the big leagues, Championships, Classics et al,
as my mixed metaphor friend would say-
"that's a horse of a different feather".
Love to mix it up and trade paint with the AmField folk-

Awesome stuff, no matter what the venue-

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