"There is more than one reason why big lick horse have long
Heavy front feet. Yes, the weight helps, put they take many a down hill horse
And make then artificially uphill. If they don't, they can't get a consistent canter either."
My misunderstanding, I had thought you meant in general that pacey horses with big lick builds were downhill. My point was to differentiate that just because they are pacey (big lick as your example) does not always mean they are downhill. You have elaborated and that makes sense. Some of those big lick horses walk beautifully on their own and sadly owners pad them up to exaggerate it even more. My mother in law brought a mare up from Tennessee (joses red hot chile pepper) she was a padded show mare before coming to the barn. She has a hard pace because it was trained into her from pads but naturally she gaits extremely well and canters naturally too.
Perhaps Trailriderr can measure her horse to see if he is in fact downhill...to me, he doesnt look downhill but rather like a horse with zero experience cantering with a rider who is not exactly sure how to position/communicate on her horse what she wants from him so he dcan understand it ... My mare is not downhill whatsoever, with that being said when I first started cantering her she would put her head down and get clumsy, rush into it, be unbalanced, start pacing ...part of that was me and part of that was her learning what to do with her feet and how to in fact canter. It is easy for a horse to break into a fast canter with their herd on whatever lead they want and follow their body. Not so easy for them to be told where to put it -but when you are teaching a horse to do something for the first time they can be clumsy too.
Trailriderr, are you able to measure your boy as bbsmfg3 has outlined?
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