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On a gaited horse or let's say--a Quarter Horse?
Tennessee Walkers and most gaited breeds have:
* Flat Walk (slightly faster than a walk)
* Running Walk (also called a Rack, even though slightly different, is very smoothe and very fast. About canter speed on most horses)
* Rocking-chair Canter (name speaks it)
Now there are others such as Icelandic Ponies, Paso Finos, and Saddlebreds (which I've heard have to be *trained* to gait--not positive on that, though) that have other gaits than TWHs do.
It's pretty easy, once you get the hang of it, to differentiate between the Walking Horses' gait:
*Walk is just a plain slow walk.
* Flat walk is faster than a walk, and the horse's head will bob like crazy-sometimes even causing the horse's teeth to 'clack' together. A desireable trait, actually.
* Running Walk is faster than both, and is very smoothe. On a good horse who collects himself nicely, it is very common for your head to not even budge.
* Rocking-chair Canter is well, very much like one. Very smoothe and rolling.
*Gallop is a gallop. 3 beat fast gait like every horse has.
Hope this is what you meant??
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