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    07-27-2009, 08:37 PM
Originally Posted by Zab    
We said the same leg movement but started with a different leg then.

How does the legs move in a rack or flatwalk?

So if the last one is definetly a foxtrot, what does that make the other ones? Because the last one was the bumpiest he has done in quite a while, really uncomfy, while the first ones were smooth :P
And what's the picture in post #11? Also foxtrot?

Is foxtrot wearing/more harmful in any way than a rack or flatwalk?
I know stepping pace normally is pretty tough on the legs and the back, and that's why I don't want that, but how is it with foxtrot?

If it's foxtrot, I'm just happy :P That'll give me some help in this forsaken country.. when they complain about him gaiting badly I an just say ''well, it's because it's a foxtrot and not a tölt'' Mohahahaha >D

I don't know much about the rack, but I think it's the same footfalls as a walk... just faster.

It's possible that he can do a bumpy foxtrot and a smooth foxtrot... just like some horses can do a bumpy trot and a smooth trot or a bumpy canter and a smooth canter.

Post 11 looks like a rack or a running walk to me, but I'm not sure.

I've never heard anything about the foxtrot being harmful to the horse. They carry themselves a lot like a horse does during a trot. It isn't like the pace where the horse has to hollow out their back and stick their nose out. They can be collected and perform a perfect foxtrot. I read a really good article about how horses collect and carry themselves in the different gaits, but I can't find it now. I'll let you know if I find it.

Here's some information about the foxtrot:
Within A Fox Trot

Icelandic horses doing a foxtrot:
The Fox Trot, Gaited Horse Gait

Sorry it took me so long to get back to you!
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    07-27-2009, 08:39 PM
Ok, thanks :) But isn't it the same footfall as a walk? O__o

Anyway, as long as it's not harmful, I don't care much what it is, it's still the same feeling :P
It's good to have a name tho :)
    07-28-2009, 01:17 AM
Originally Posted by Zab    
Ok, thanks :) But isn't it the same footfall as a walk? O__o

Anyway, as long as it's not harmful, I don't care much what it is, it's still the same feeling :P
It's good to have a name tho :)
Yeah, it is. They all have pretty much the same footfalls... It's the timing between the footfalls that separate them.

This site explains the differences pretty well:
Narrawin Stud - About gaits and gaited horses
    07-29-2009, 09:51 PM
..then what had the footfall with the foxtrot thing to do?

Anyway.. I thibnk I'm starting to distinguish two types of his ''medium fast'' gait.. one that's smoother but swings more from side to side (a bit pacey perhaps) and one that's also very smooth, but moves more straight forward and is slighly more like a vibration than just a smooth line.. erhm.. O__o Both sound like an almost even four beat, but there is something diferent about the sound too. I can only guess that one is a tad more pacey while the other is more trot-y. I dunno, really. The sideways motion tells me that the first is more of a pace, although the beat is still very even (1-2-3-4 rather than the 1-2 --- 3-4 that I've noted as stepping pace)
    07-31-2009, 10:32 PM
Green Broke
You should be able to distinguish the rack pretty easily from the running walk. At the rack, the horse's head does not move. Running walk's head bobs up and down.
    08-01-2009, 02:44 AM
Rack, yes.. but foxtrot and all these?

Crows head never bops.
    08-01-2009, 11:50 AM
Green Broke
In the pace, the head dosen't bob, I think.
    08-01-2009, 03:49 PM
It's not pace either. A pace is two beat, or nearly two-beat, but he has a rather even 4-beat...
    08-01-2009, 04:35 PM
Green Broke
Then it's a lazy gait. You need to get him pepped up somehow.
    08-01-2009, 04:42 PM
Or it's a perfectly fine gait that's not a pace or a running walk?

He's not a TWH, if he doean't do the running walk with the head bop it's not that strange. He racks if I ask him to speed up, but this medium gait is not rack since it's too slow. He carries himself well and is collected and eager, so I wouldn't say he's lazy or needs pepping.

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