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14 Thursday, Jul 19, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette /I More riders are discovering the joy of riding with the resurgence of the "gaited" horse. Valued for its comfortable ride, gentle temperament, stylish appearce and versatility, the gaited horse's rise in popularity is creating a "riding renaissance." The gaited or ambling riding horse was the mount of choice in Europe from the Middle Ages to the 17th century when riding horseback was the primary form of transporta- tion. By the late 1600s, more people were traveling by coach rather than astride. This created a high demand for the faster, stronger trotting horse. Horse racing became popular in England during this same period which further in- creased the popularity of the swifter trotting horse. In an attempt to improve their racing stock, English royalty began importing Arab, Barb and Turkish stallions to cross with their native trotting horses. This cross had a double payoff, the creation of the Thoroughbred horse and a greatly expanded genetic pool of trot- ring horses. Other advances improved the riding com- fort of the trotting horse. New riding tech- niques, such as posting the trot, were devel- oped. Better designed saddles also made riding the trotting horse more agreeable. The gaited/ambling horse lost favor in ......... " Europe, but continued to thrive in other parts of the world settled by Europeans before 1650. In the Americas, Iceland, South Africa, Northern Spain, Portuguese districts and the Caribbean Islands, descendants of the easy gaited horses continued to flourish. Horsemen in these areas had selective breeding programs to improve their gaited horses. Since each region was breeding horses from regional stock and to meet specific needs, a variety of gaited horses of distinct types and characteristics developed. Often the gaited horses were crossed with trotting horses to gain specific desired characteristics while retaining the easy gait. The result of this regional breeding is a number of unique II I I i m m I m / 4  m  ::f:?. i  i: :i ;:? :? ?:! i ?,: :5 -:i?i i:i i gi;!!..': !!! i!!i ?;ii'i;i!!! !:iii!!:i:!-:::?:!: :-: ::!: :: :?,:-.::?: :::;: :: :: :::::::: :.: :!: :::?:::: :3i:3:i: :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: :::!:i:!:3::i:!:i::;:::i::!:!:!!!::::;:i:!:  ::: ::: ::= :::::::::::::::::::::::::: ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: .,-',:.! .-! '-: . ". "v,: ....... . .. 9 .:: .   :!:::::;:::::::.::. .,..:., breeds of gaited horses. There is a gaited horse type to suit nearly every taste. The United States has bred some of the most popular gaited horses. The highly prized Tennessee Walking Horse was bred in Middle Tennessee. The horse is the product of mixing nearly every kind of horse valued by early Americans. Like the country, the Tennessee Walker's diverse heritage makes the horse exceptional. A well-bred Tennessee Walking Horse is said to possess style, strength, stamina, speed, smooth saddle gaits, versatility and an easy-going temperament. Standing from 16 to 17 hands, the Tennessee Walker appeals to people who want a tall horse with a smooth ride and great versatility. His mixed ancestry has given this horse the ability to perform as a pleasure, working, show and performance horse. The American Saddlebred is another U.S.-bred horse. The early ancestors were originally bred in England, a cross between the Thoroughbred and the Narragansett Pacer, and were in America before the .revolution. In America, the Morgan horse, the Canadian Pacer and a type of Thorough- bred known as the "Highlander" all made contributions to the breed. Americans combined two distinct types of Saddlebred horses and refined them to finally achieve the Five-Gaited American Saddlebred. It is often said this horse is the standard against which other horses are measured. The Saddlebred will please the horse owner who values beauty, power, grace and versatility. Standing from 15 to 17 hands at the withers, the average height is 15.3 hands. In the early 1900s, the Missouri Fox Trotter was bred to meet the needs of Missouri's cattle- men who lived on scattered farms in the hilB and hollows of the rocky, densely forested Ozark Mountains. The men, who often spent weeks in the saddle driving their herds over long distances and hard to navigate terrain, needed a special type horse. They needed mounts who were extremely hardy, sure-footed and fast who possessed "cow sense." A comfortable saddle gait was equally important. Time proved the horses who naturally performed the easy-to-sit fox trot were particu- larly adept at maneuvering over rough trails. To meet their needs, the cattlemen bred for the fox trot gait. The sturdy Fox Trotter, well-muscled and standing between 14 and 16 hands, shines in the show ring while retaining its value as a working horse. Never an elitist horse, the Fox Trotter appeals to horse lovers who use their mounts. The handsome, intelligent, non-spooky, athletic horse with the kind temperament and sure-footed gaits proudly carries his rider on parade or on a challenging trail ride. He is equally adept at carrying a small child across a pasture or a U.S. Forest Ranger across a rocky mountain trail. The Forest Service uses more than 1,000 Missouri Fox Trotters as ranger's mounts. Unlike the American bred gaited horses derived from Continued on page 16 Congratulations to Richard "Bud" Kuerher .... 6471 S. Homestead (Across from Sod Farm) 50 S. Emery (Behind Davis) Steve Wood& Jeremy Smith installed Richard "Bud" Kuerher's new car00 Richard bowled a peffe00 300 game and won $300 of Carpeting "T.,, q II I I I I I II I