I have given this some thought and wanted to ask some questions for clarification. Mind you, my pure dressage riding is mediocre at best. The highest I ever competed was as a phase of eventing and it was pre-novice back home in Australia. Equivilent to whatever the level is before CIC* here in the States, so you can see, fairly basic dressage. I had lessons from an FEI instructor when I could afford him and attended a couple of dressage clinics, the names of who I will not mention as I was most likely the least talented of their students and they would probably be mortified by my association
However, still wanting to learn....
In the walk, there is always one leg on the ground, meaning, that whenever one leg leaves the ground, another leg is then on the ground. There is no 'leap' or 'bounce' in the walk.
Is it necessary to have a 'leap' or a 'bounce' to have impulsion? My understanding of impulsion is that it is a force, or an impetus if you like. Force can only be obtained from the gaits of a horse by the effect of the hooves connecting with the ground and departing
with said 'impetus'. Therefore, it shouldn't matter if there is a suspension phase or not as the suspension phase is actually a result in part of the force at which the departing stride left the ground.
No, I did not say suspension and impulsion were the same.
I said that 2 gaits of the 3 have suspension, trot and canter. Impulsion increases the suspension of the gait because it makes use of the energy to 'wind the spring' of the hind quarters.
I understand that you didn't mean to say that suspension and impulsion were the same however you did make a connection between there being no suspension at the walk and therefore no impulsion. Inferred conclusions are just as powerful as stated ones. Whilst impulsion may increase the suspension of the gait surely that is related to the force at which the departing stride is enacted?
One of the things that I did learn under instruction is that the walk is the easiest gait to ruin and the hardest gait to perfect, something that seems to be highlighted in this discussion.