Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Sweden - the land of carrots and apples
I havn't ridden him much in it sionce he's still very green, can't trot well or canter under saddle yet and we're mostly working in walk to build the right muscles and balance before we'll try the other, regular gaits and later probably the extra ones..:3 I'm in no hurry and I'll just ride on the trail anyway so.. xD
He has a slow four beat gait (latest image of him) looks almost like walk on the photo and he has only done it once under rider, and I think once when he was held after a carriage; but it was a diffucult angle to see :P
Then he has a much faster one too, it has more of a pace beat to it but it's not a two beat pace (Image on the first page of this thread - he can go faster than that too in it). I read about something called ''stepping pace'' and it seemed to fit on the faster one? On the slow one he has three or two feet on the ground at all times, and it doesn't have the pace rythm the first one has. (the side with both legs on the ground or almost on the ground looks like pace, but the lifted frontleg breaks it)
And then there is the two beat pace..it's actually quite comfortable but you swing so much to the sides.. xD And it's so fast.. x)
I'd love to but it's no use.. xD they still think standardbreds will break in two if you dare to sit on their backs, and that any extra gait that's not performed on an icelandic horse and is ''pure'' tölt is harmful for the horse no matter how you train it. (Talking about everyne riding 'normal'' horses x)
Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.