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    08-05-2010, 01:23 AM
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Know anything about lateral gaits?

Mystique was having an off-day for some reason... She hasn't gaited this poorly in a LONG time.


I don't know much about differentiating between the different lateral and square gaits, so... What is she doing when she's not foxtrotting, trotting, or pacing?



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BTW - Sorry about the horrible quality... I don't know what happened - that's actually a pretty nice camera!
     
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    08-09-2010, 03:55 AM
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Yearling
I'm going to my trainer's tomorrow. I'll have her look.

It LOOKS like a rack to me. But my instructor made me watch videos..
'OK, what's this one doing.'
'...stepping.. pace?'
'..That's a rack.'
'ohhhhhh.'
     
    08-09-2010, 10:02 AM
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Originally Posted by vivache    
I'm going to my trainer's tomorrow. I'll have her look.

It LOOKS like a rack to me. But my instructor made me watch videos..
'OK, what's this one doing.'
'...stepping.. pace?'
'..That's a rack.'
'ohhhhhh.'
Thank you so much!
     
    08-09-2010, 06:32 PM
  #4
Yearling
I think she's switching between a saddle rack and a running walk, because there are times when she's head nodding and times when she's not. MFT's have quite a bit of TWH blood so some of them can do a running walk.

But, I'm a complete amateur.
     
    08-09-2010, 06:54 PM
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I would guess rack. I kept pausing the video and it looks like she only has a single foot off the ground. I get confused with all the gaits but I believe that is a rack.
     
    08-09-2010, 06:55 PM
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Thanks guys!
     
    08-09-2010, 09:15 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by ponyboy    
I think she's switching between a saddle rack and a running walk, because there are times when she's head nodding and times when she's not. MFT's have quite a bit of TWH blood so some of them can do a running walk.

But, I'm a complete amateur.
I thinks she's doing a fair amount of walking. She's not consistent and I don't know if that's because of the rider or she's out of shape or she's got a tack issue or what. I see a horse that, with some polish, might do a very nice classical (as in a 1930s era) running walk.

G.
     
    08-09-2010, 09:20 PM
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Originally Posted by Guilherme    
I thinks she's doing a fair amount of walking. She's not consistent and I don't know if that's because of the rider or she's out of shape or she's got a tack issue or what. I see a horse that, with some polish, might do a very nice classical (as in a 1930s era) running walk.

G.
I had been working on strengthening her hind end that day and she was tired at that point and falling out of gait. She usually does a foxtrot, which is what I want her to do (hence the trot poles). I'd rather her not do a running walk.

Really, the only time she ever switches to lateral gaits like that is when she's tired.
     
    08-10-2010, 06:50 AM
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Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
I had been working on strengthening her hind end that day and she was tired at that point and falling out of gait. She usually does a foxtrot, which is what I want her to do (hence the trot poles). I'd rather her not do a running walk.

Really, the only time she ever switches to lateral gaits like that is when she's tired.
The running walk is NOT a lateral gait. It's an isochronal, four beat gait. It's a "centered" gait, neither lateral nor diagonal.

You certainly can move any gaited horse some distance along the contiuum of gaits. When you do that you open the issue of causing stress to the horse. Maybe what the horse is telling you is that it doesn't like the stress of the "foxtrot." Maybe not. But it's a question worth asking.

G.
     
    08-10-2010, 07:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Guilherme    
The running walk is NOT a lateral gait. It's an isochronal, four beat gait. It's a "centered" gait, neither lateral nor diagonal.

You certainly can move any gaited horse some distance along the contiuum of gaits. When you do that you open the issue of causing stress to the horse. Maybe what the horse is telling you is that it doesn't like the stress of the "foxtrot." Maybe not. But it's a question worth asking.

G.

Sorry, by 'lateral' I really meant more lateral, as in not diagonal.

I really don't think I'm 'moving' her anywhere... The foxtrot is what she does when she's relaxed, it's what she does when she's energetic, it's what she does in the pasture...
     

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