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post #11 of 13 Old 10-23-2011, 08:28 PM
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that it does. but trotting still builds yet another set of muscles that they can use...especially if you go for long, extended rides at a quicker pace. You can switch out of gait to trot to rest the muscles used at a gait. I know my mare can go for longer if I go gait, trot, walk, gait, etc. And the trotting doesn't ruin her gait at all.
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post #12 of 13 Old 10-23-2011, 08:42 PM
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I agree that the best condition for a running walk is miles and miles of walking, and that trotting will help fix a pacey gait. But, if trotting is all that a trainer is asking for, it's not going to refine the other gaits - the easy gait (whatever that is for the horse), the solid walk, and the canter. It's also true that the more gaits your gaited horse can do, the better they will handle long trails and remain sound for longer. If they can have 5 or 6 gears instead of 1 or 2, it's great for their back and abdominal muscles and joints to get the different workouts that the different gaits provide.

From another perspective, I can say that being comfortable with trotting is an asset for other things - uneven ground, over poles, etc. I took my TWH mare to a cowhorse clinic this weekend and it would have been great to have her do more of her trot in the pen with the cattle!
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post #13 of 13 Old 10-23-2011, 08:52 PM
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Now, if your not sure how to train your horse to get both the trot and their easy gait, and don't want to ruin them for gaiting, by all means--stick with the gaiting! I just found it beneficial for me to have a mare that could do both. And her back is holding up stronger for it too. I think I already said it, but she has a longer back and needs all the help she can to keep it from wasting away. Sure, I do collected work at a walk....rarely canter because I have no need for it and the ground isn't that safe for long periods of cantering..but doing collected work at a trot does her a world of good as well.
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