A Rare Breed

I like to think I’ve been around a good number of breeds, and those I haven’t met in person I’ve at least heard about. I have more experience with gaited horses than your average bear. I’ve ridden hundreds of Tennessee Walkers, and watched more go. I’ve ridden Missouri Fox Trotters, Racking Horses, Paso Finos, Rocky Mountain Horses and Spotted Saddle Horses. This is a new one for me though, Tennuvian.

He's a bit stocky though, looks more like a Belgian cross...

I was completely unaware of this breed until I found one for sale.

I will whole heartedly admit that there are some really wonderful crosses out there that are pretty much accepted as their own breeds: Appendixes, Anglo-Arabs, and Pintabians. Sometimes though, a cross is just a cross.

Crossing non-gaited horses is a whole lot simpler than crossing gaited. Breed a Thoroughbred and a Quarter Horse and chances are it will still trot. Tennessee Walkers don’t cross real well. In fact, it can be hard to get a well-bred Tennessee Walker to gait well. To me it just doesn’t make sense to cross two breeds with different gaits and just hope for the best. Crossing Tennessee Walkers and non-gaited horses is a crap shoot, and I’ll be honest, I don’t see this going real well either. What kind of gait does one expect to get from these two, a Running Llano?

Looks good guys! Keep breeding!

There was no video of the Tennuvian in the ad, but I found some awesome ones on youtube for your viewing pleasure.

Case Study I:

Meet Colbalt

Colbalt is pacing for most of the video, although at the 30 second mark he seems to be lifting off into a half canter. Upon closer inspection of the description though you realize it’s not his fault.

“Cobalt on his second day of training being ridden by a 12 year old hunter/jumper rider. He is in training for 30 days. His price WILL go up.”

I sincerely hope this is not his second day of training EVER, since the 12 y/o girl who doesn’t seem to know anything about gaited horses is riding bareback.

Colbalt is so special he gets 2 videos.

“Cobalt being ridden. He needs work, is very green but is now in training. He is for sale $1500 to good home only.”

I also always ride my very green horses bareback on the front lawn, especially in sale videos – so happy to have found someone else who does too! My favorite part is at 20 seconds where he tries to race down the hill and trips over his own feet.

Case Study II:

Another Classy Find.

Apparently one never rides Tennuvians in a saddle; I’m not sure if that’s to demonstrate their superior gaiting ability or related to the fact that the average owner can’t afford a saddle.

I ALWAYS ride my sale horses in shorts and sandals; it proves you can do anything around them (aka bombproof).

Can you say TAIL Swisher? Except she only swishes when her neck is up, back is hollow and her gait gets noticeably trotty. It’s difficult to say whether this reaction is the effect of pain or an off-balance rider.

She does seem to be a decent little thing for all she has going against her. I would like to see her go undersaddle with someone who could help her gait.

But at least she doesn’t hurt you.

Case Study III:

The Exception

Whoa! This guy can move. The video quality sucks, but if you watch the girl she doesn’t move.

P.S. I can’t take the breed seriously if your breed registry doesn’t have a working website.


Circus Horse!

How this ad should really read:

Circus horse for sale!

Experienced circus star is for sale. Ride him your way; if you can dream it you can do it! This Quarter Horse is a fantastic starter horse for anyone with circus dreams. Not just your average circus horse, he is very versatile and comes with a complete skill set. Take this talented fellow home tonight! He does have a fleshy knot on his shoulder from a sword accident; the clown thinks it won’t harm his performance.

Skills include but are not limited to trail riding (around the circus camp), hunting (for new acts), pack horse (for traveling between shows), parades (when the circus arrives in a new town), fun shows (even circus’ have their competitions)

Sample poses shown below:

Upper Left: Reverse Side-Saddle

Upper Right: Double Trouble Bareback

Lower Left: Bum Ride

Lower Right: The Classic Stand

Please stop by if you’re interested, the circus is in town for another week then we’re headed to Buffalo!

Asking $800 or a new trapeze set.