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post #1 of 8 Old 01-14-2014, 09:26 AM Thread Starter
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Mangalarga Marchador Video

Here's a pretty good video of a batida (diagonal) gait of the MM horse.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_2mpSyca8Y#t=63

Pretty nicely conformed horse.

Some noteworthy things are that the rider maintains a very classical seat. She is in contact but the contact is quite light. Looks like the bit is a D-ring snaffle (can't tell the mouthpiece). She uses her aids very effectively and gets impressive performance from the horse.

The batida gait is diagonal and not as smooth as the picada gait which is more like a stepping pace. This horse does not demonstrate as much three-legged support as I like to see, but it's still an impressive way of going.

If you want to judge smoothness in a horse get a woman with long, loose hair to ride it. There are two parts of a woman's anatomy that are wonderful at demonstrating smoothness. The first is the hair. If the hair is "quiet" the ride is smooth. If it's not, then it's not.

The other anatomical point(s)? I'll leave that to the reader's imagination!

She also does well "training" the horse to the surf. She does something that more riders ought to do when "desensitizing" a horse to a new experience. She puts herself between the "scary booger" (in this case, the surf) and leads the horse by gentle, but firm, encouragement. It works and the horse is soon at ease in the water.

Haras 8 Virtues is known for producing and training Marchadors to be more like "sport" horses. One of my fantasies is to go to Brazil and spend a week in one of their schools. Maybe someday!

G.

P.S. If you watch the credits at the end you'll note they identify the amazona. That is the Portuguese (and in some Spanish dialects) the word for "horsewoman" or "equestrienne." It has nothing to do with river!
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post #2 of 8 Old 01-14-2014, 10:00 AM
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Beautiful horse and well trained, but I wouldn't want to ride it. Doesn't look smooth at all, at least not what I would expect from a gaited horse.
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post #3 of 8 Old 01-14-2014, 10:09 AM
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It is surprizingly. I had he fortune of riding one bearback on a trail ride. His gait was smooth and his lope and gallop was like glidng on glass. I never wanted to get off the horse lol! If I had the opertunity to get one I would (sorry for spelling. My cell hs no spel check and its early lol)
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-14-2014, 10:33 AM
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This one seems much smoother. I like this one, the gait seems effortless and nice speed.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhXITPBCVE0

I'm sure they're like other gaited breeds, some are smoother than others. But when I watch the original video and look the girl's waist, it's moving as if she were sitting a trot.
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Stupid question of the day......is there an equivalent diagonal gait to what these horses are doing in another breed? And if so, what is it?

I mean, it doesn't look like a fox trot, but I was unaware there were other diagonal gaits besides the hard trot and fox trot. When I attempt to pause the videos the footfalls look like a normal trot to my uneducated eyes. But especially with the second video of the white horse, it definitely looks like a "gait." I guess I am just puzzled by it. I am aware of the fox trot, which I always thought of as a trot with a broken rhythm and no suspension in front. These horses are suspending in the front. So is it technically a normal trot or ???

Help me understand it, lol!
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Hey, so maybe I figured it out. With the fox trot, the front foot sets down a split second before the hind diagonal foot.

With the Marcha Batida the hind foot sets down a split second before the front diagonal foot.

Is that correct? I did a lot of pausing of videos to figure that out, so if I got it right I will be proud of myself.
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-15-2014, 05:52 PM
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^ That's correct from what I've read.
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post #8 of 8 Old 01-17-2014, 07:10 AM
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a beautiful gait. But a rough ride. Not smooth at all. Im more impressed with the location and the girl.
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