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    11-19-2011, 06:27 PM
  #11
Foal
Ok, thanks! So are both the flat walk and 4 beat walk (if that is what it's called?) both "right front / back right"? I thought maybe the flat walk was a diagonal. I have a hard time picking it out when I watch videos of natural Walkers. She can realy pick it up and move fast though! (this video isn't the fastest walk). I'll try the collection/driving thing. Thanks again!
     
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    11-19-2011, 06:54 PM
  #12
Foal
Here's another video....


She's so pretty, I just love to watch her move.
     
    11-19-2011, 07:03 PM
  #13
Green Broke
She was trotting at one point but that doesn't mean there isn't a gait hidden in there.

While I am all for someone riding a 4-wheeler around a horse to desensitize them, I am opposed to it when the horse is new and you were trying to make a video to establish what gait she might have hidden under those hooves

She wasn't at all focused on what she was doing, thanks to the 4-wheeler, and it was not her fault.

If you can, try to get another video and tell Mr. 4-wheeler to MYOB for awhile.

Let her stay on the rail the entire time (meaning no short cuts half way across). You don't have to video all that at a flat walk but let her get into and be comfortable walking the rail all the way around.

The rider should encourage her to walk faster and faster (like a human power walking) and see how far the horse can be pushed before she breaks into a trot. Some horses are naturally very speedy walkers and she just may be one of them; on the other hand there may be another gear waiting to be brought out, which is the reason for pushing her a little bit but not enough to frustrate her.

Don't pan the camera, rather keep it squarely on the horse at all times, making sure to get the feet, even if the rider's head gets cut out - sorry to the rider

Be sure to video her as she coming toward you and also from behind. Sometimes little movements in the head or butt might give a clue
     
    11-19-2011, 07:12 PM
  #14
Foal
Got it, thanks!!
     
    11-19-2011, 08:03 PM
  #15
Weanling
Try also riding her with more contact as you are pushing her. I see she is in a bosal so you are not having to worry about harming her mouth. Some five gaited horses have trouble finding that gear. At one point she got a little shoofly just before the trot like she might have been starting to try to gait. I think five gaited horses are awesome. To be able to move their feet in two totally different ways is so cool. I was told the reason why you collect them up and push them forward is cause you are compacting the body and if the legs are moving on the same side of the body the horse will not hit himself. Some how in the line of development that is why or how the pace gait was brought about. Other than horses The giraffe is the only other for legged animal that moves laterally.
     
    11-20-2011, 09:12 PM
  #16
Green Broke
I thought camels and elephants also paced. And I think I have seen a dog or two pace also.

I thought there was a glimpse of a gait in the last video right around the 25 second mark.

She does have a killer walk! I love that! In a gaited horse that would be considered a flat walk (correct me more knowledgeable people if I am wrong). So if you have a "non gaited" horse that flat walks, would that still be called a flat walk? I think that could arguably be called a flat walk. But as far as another intermediate gait, I haven't seen one for sure. But I am still very green to gaited horses so I am only giving my best guesses in what I see.
     
    11-20-2011, 09:34 PM
  #17
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Originally Posted by trailhorserider    

She does have a killer walk! I love that! In a gaited horse that would be considered a flat walk (correct me more knowledgeable people if I am wrong). So if you have a "non gaited" horse that flat walks, would that still be called a flat walk? I think that could arguably be called a flat walk. But as far as another intermediate gait, I haven't seen one for sure. But I am still very green to gaited horses so I am only giving my best guesses in what I see.
Lacey (Arab mare, for those who don't know) has the same walk and I say that she's flat walking... I'm not too sure how "correct" that is but it's sure what she's doing!
However, Lacey does has ancestors doubled registered TWHA and AHA (but they were purebred, only a few generations removed from the desert, Arabs) so I figured that her mild gaited-ness stems from that.

Lacey also has a sort of rack that she can do (I think, not completely sure since I've never video-d it), maybe the OP's horse can do that too... For the OP, basically, the rack thing I've felt Lacey do pretty much feels like her hind end turns into wheels and she's just rolling along, pretty fast, off power from her hind end. The front end just basically feels like she's floating- hardly any resistance from the ground or anything. It's very strange feeling. Almost like you're not moving but you totally are!
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    11-20-2011, 11:18 PM
  #18
Green Broke
Definatly looks like there is some flat walking going on with a bit of overstep. For those that don't know, overstep is when the back foot sets down in front of where the front foot landed. Most non gaited horses will have their back foot land several inches behind the front foot when looking at their prints where they can leave a mark.
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    11-21-2011, 01:31 AM
  #19
Foal
Your horse does look gaited to me, many gaited horses do trot if they are pushed and are on the squarer end of the spectrum.

This other forum has all gaited horse riders and many can help you find his gait & refine it if you are interested.

http://gaitedhorsesense.com

Best of luck!
Barbara
     
    11-21-2011, 08:23 AM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Elinejk    
Thank you! What is a pattern? Lol (I've been out of the horse world for 10 years and there are so many words I don't know!!)

Just saying I like the way her spots are layed out and the colours within those spots :)
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