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.
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...