Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Central Missouri
"This may be true with speed racking horses but it is most certainlly NOT true with Walkers or Mangalarga Marchadors."
It is especially true with a pacey TWH. Not enough info on the Mangalarga Marchadors for an opinion.
"These, however, are narrow exceptions to the rule that work at the canter will almost always improve gait, if only because work at the canter improves wind."
This shows a complete lack of understanding of the muscles used for differing gaits. The reason the canter may help a pacey horse is due to the muscle groups used. Those used in the canter of a pacey horse are totally different, than those used to pace. This sometimes aids in starting them to gait. IMO, I think it's a bad idea. I much prefer to use other training methods, BUT, sometimes they fail and the canter is a tool you can use with caution. Improving wind has absolutely nothing to do with gaits(rack, running walk, etc) If improving wind, works the wrong muscle groups, you'll hamper their ability to gait.
Plus, the canter with a lot of horses, is an easier gait to preform, than the trot. Does the trot, therefore, improve a rack or running walk? Not hardly.
Last edited by bbsmfg3; 05-16-2013 at 10:30 AM.