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    07-21-2009, 08:48 AM
Green Broke
^^ Yeah, they can be a little finicky, but like I said, a gait is natural to them so they are not going to go out of their way to NOT gait unless there is a problem...
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    07-22-2009, 12:07 AM
Thank you to everyone for the replies. But to carry the question just a bit further, how does one differentiate between a walk, canter, trot?
    07-22-2009, 01:00 PM
Green Broke
On a gaited horse or let's say--a Quarter Horse?

Tennessee Walkers and most gaited breeds have:
* Walk
* 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)
* Gallop

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??
    07-22-2009, 01:15 PM
I always wondered :)
    07-22-2009, 09:57 PM
Originally Posted by Equestriun    

Personally I really dislike gaited horses. But that is my opinion!
May I ask why?
And some trot as well.
    07-22-2009, 10:00 PM
Rocking chair canter,.. is that a 3-beat canter or is it like a mix between a canter and a gait (= like a 4 beat canter)?
    07-22-2009, 10:07 PM
Green Broke
^^ Nope, regular old canter. It is just known to be very smoothe and to have a rocking chair action.
    07-22-2009, 10:10 PM
Ok.. the youtube vids showed a clear 4 beat.. but maybe itwas a bad vid. It looked awfully heavy for the horse.. >_>

Crow does a 4 beat canter..incredibly smooth but I want a clean gait from him. This far he needs some speed to get it nice and three beat, but it'll come in time.
Saddle's finally fixed btw I'm so longing for a good, long ride tomorrow!
    07-23-2009, 01:13 AM
When you talk about a 3 beat or 4 beat, what is that referring to?
    07-23-2009, 11:19 AM
Green Broke
^^ Canter. A canter is 3 beats, meaning when you listen to the hoofbeats, there are 3 'thumps'. Gallop there are 4, I beleive? Next time I ride Sunny, I will listen to his hoofbeats to be sure.

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