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post #11 of 12 Old 05-11-2012, 11:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Wallee View Post
I know some would disagree I am sure but I will say this, You dont want your walker to be "trotting." Thats a no no ha ha. If he is trained to gait so to speak or do the running walk/slow or speed rack. Then over time he will develop a faster 4 beat gait. With muscling the gait can become faster and faster. I have seen many walkers that would do a 8 to 10 mph gait all day. Now as far as a breakdown of the different gaits I will let someone more experienced with the gaited breeds fill ya in. But I definatly think trotting wouldnt be good and cantering is up for debate and I myself want to know if cantering my walker is a good or bad thing?
Walle, I too had questions about my twh and a lovelly bunch of people on a group on face book qued me in... its Bradley Dicks chat for twh... search it on facebook and ask him. hes on there all the time and i mean these guys are top knotch twh trainers there very nice and helpful as i understand. they told me that if your twh is seasoned or trained and has been for many years cantering is fine. if you want to canter him, although if hes in training or young you want him to walk everywhere. i guess when they train these horses they do it on one strip or lane and walk for 100 miles at least ( not at one time) then they ask the twh to step it up, thus training him to gait he does this becuse hes not in a hurry to go anywhere. yea im shure theres more to training a show horse i was asking simple questions about my trail horse in training. hope this helps as im new to the breed but i do know there are many people there that will help with your questions i ask about shoes... they said many of there trail horses are barefoot. or shoe'd like a normal horse, its all the show stuff that gets confusing but just readiing there post makes a lot more sence then being left in the dark... as for speed walking... thats completely diffrent then racking and as i understand. if your showing you dont want a rack...(unless thats what your showing in racking not there natral running walk) a rack i think of it like a high step.. id go to you tube and tipe in both and see the diffreces. theres also a fox trot thats what a mft does its cantering in the hind walking in the front. i know more about mft because i have had one for 9 years and met trainers like the ones on bradley dicks chat that helped me unerstand. any whoot i know i didnt answer your questions but i knew who could =) hope i helped! and they did say if i wanted my twh to trot so be it. however its not what there breed is meant to do. so i guess its up to you if you want him gaiting, i heard theres many twh out there with no real training... (gaited training) many dont know a lick of it! that amazed me... but im trying to teach my boy what hes bead to do.

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post #12 of 12 Old 05-11-2012, 11:06 PM
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Originally Posted by arrowsaway View Post
the intermediate gait that TWHs do is called the running walk.
some walkers also pace, although it is undesirable. the pace is a lateral two-beat gait. the right and left legs move in unison - like a human stride, only with four legs. if that makes sense. Some racing Standardbreds do this - they can pace at incredible speeds.
the following is a quick and concise explanation of other gaits:

"The fox trot is most often associated with the Missouri Foxtrotter breed, but is also seen under different names in other gaited breeds. The fox trot is a four-beat diagonal gait in which the front foot of the diagonal pair lands before the hind. The same footfall pattern is characteristic of the trocha, pasitrote and marcha batida seen in various South American breeds.
-The rack or racking is a lateral gait most commonly associated with the Five-Gaited American Saddlebred. In the rack, the speed is increased to be approximately that of the pace, but it is a four-beat gait with equal intervals between each beat.
-The running walk, a four-beat lateral gait with footfalls in the same sequence as the regular walk, but characterized by greater speed and smoothness. It is a distinctive natural gait of the Tennessee Walking Horse.
-The slow gait is a general term for various lateral gaits that follow the same general lateral footfall pattern, but the rhythm and collection of the movements are different. Terms for various slow gaits include the stepping pace and singlefoot.
-The Tölt is a gait that is often described as being unique to the Icelandic Horse. The footfall pattern is the same as for the rack, but the tölt is characterized by more freedom and liquidity of movement. Some breeds of horses that are related to the Icelandic horse, living in the Faroe Islands and Norway, also tölt."

hope this helped clarify things... of course, when it comes to gaited breeds and how they move, things usually just get more complicated. lol
OH, and as far as the training... I am by no means an expert, and other members can feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here. If it were my Walker, I would want him to focus solely on the running walk and ignore his trotting. I know you don't want to hear that, but that's what they're bred for, it's their more natural way of going, and trying to teach him both, the two gaits may begin to bleed together. And it could quickly turn into a washing machine gait. Yighck.
your amazing! i agree just choose one and youll be fine! but remember hes bread to do a running walk =) it could be insurance for him later.

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