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post #21 of 40 Old 08-09-2009, 04:24 PM
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^ Yes, that's correct.

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post #22 of 40 Old 08-09-2009, 09:19 PM
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It's a running walk...no doubt....been doing this for a long time! Not the prettiest running walk I've ever seen, but he will get better at it over time, as will you as the rider, knowing his cues to bump him down into it when he tries to go faster. It looked like that is what happened...he was trying to speed up and as the rider you didn't want him to so you slowed him down too much.

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post #23 of 40 Old 08-10-2009, 07:09 AM
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^ Yes, that sounds promising.. He looked a little tender-foot actually. And the trip.. Need longer video.

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post #24 of 40 Old 08-16-2009, 12:44 AM
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Oh, how I wish the clip was a just a little bit longer. That's a stepping pace, as far as I can tell. He's definitely not trotting - it's a broken step, not 2 beat. Pacing is really obvious with both legs moving in the same direction on the same side, like someone paddling a canoe - not pacing. He's not fox trotting and he is not doing a true rack, which is more diagonal/squared up. But he is almost doing a rack, the difference being he is still too lateral in his movements, which is how you get the stepping pace. Squaring him up, by regulating his footfalls, working some poles, or in sand/deeper footing, if possible, will help you help him square up. Stepping pace isn't as undesirable as pacing, but it is not an ideal gait to allow a horse to keep *ventroflexion, additional joint strain, etc.* I didn't read ahead, so I don't know if I'm saying the same thing as someone else says in later posts to this question. Hope this helps in some way!
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post #25 of 40 Old 08-16-2009, 12:48 AM
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I was reading through all the posts and wanted to add...he's not fox trotting. I've seen and ridden many a MFTs - a fox trot looks like the horse is trotting in back and walking in front - like my avatar. He's not doing that. Right toward the very end of the short clip, he slips into a running walk for that last millisecond; the rest is stepping pace.

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post #26 of 40 Old 08-16-2009, 10:41 AM Thread Starter
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His gait has gotten a little better from what I can tell. (may be able to take some video today IF this dern rain holds off lol. OH one thing though...I read that taking them through tall grass encourages them to gait but when we take him through it he WILL NOT gait one step and as soon as you get him off of it he will...anyone else had this problem?
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post #27 of 40 Old 08-16-2009, 12:23 PM
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Yeah, grass won't do anything. Try putting bell boots loosely on his back feet and he might gait when you go to 'trot'.

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post #28 of 40 Old 08-20-2009, 08:57 PM
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His gait has gotten a little better from what I can tell. (may be able to take some video today IF this dern rain holds off lol. OH one thing though...I read that taking them through tall grass encourages them to gait but when we take him through it he WILL NOT gait one step and as soon as you get him off of it he will...anyone else had this problem?
Tall grass and rough ground is a trick used to get gaiting horses to trot ;)


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post #29 of 40 Old 08-20-2009, 10:50 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so the weather was GREAT to take a video but dern camera was dead!!! AAAAHHHHHHH I can't win lol Ill try again this weekend. Oh and guess what everyone, my boyfriend came home early from Afghanistan!!! So it will be much easier to get a video cause I can take it while he rides, but going ahead and warning, the horse Ill be on is probably going to be trotting so the video may be a little bumpy! LOL. I can't wait! This will be our first ride together in almost 4 months\!!!!!!
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post #30 of 40 Old 08-21-2009, 09:01 PM
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^ Cool! Congratulations

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