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    01-11-2011, 12:45 AM
When is a pace something else?

Hi all,

I wasn't sure if I should hijack the rack vs. pace thread, but I have a question about my Foxtrotter mare. She isn't set in her gaits and she is my first gaited horse, so I admit I don't know how to get the best out of her, but sometimes, on the way home she will do something "funky." It's like her hindquarters get really side-to-side and pacey, but the front end is still walking really fast. It's sort of like a Foxtrot, but instead of her hind quarters going up and down, they swing side to side. Is this any sort of gait?

I tried to describe it to a friend as walking on the front end and pacing behind, but she said by definition that is not a pace, or else both front and hind end would be working in sync. So is this any sort of gait, or is my mare just really weird?

She also does a canter/pace combo (cantering on the front/pacing behind) when I ask her to canter, about 50% of the time. But the walk/pace combo is kind of new to me. She gets barn sour going home and comes up with all sorts of weird gaits when I ask her to walk, lol! It's almost like I am making her walk, but her hindquarters can't help themselves and get all swinging!

I guess my question is, is there any sort of gait with a swinging, pacey feel to the hindquarters but a walking feel to the front end??? She moves so fast, that I guess the front end could be doing a slow, low trot, but the back end is definity swinging like a pace. It almosts bounces me out of the saddle.
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    01-11-2011, 11:01 AM
Hi there, I am not all that well versed in fox trotters, but maybe this site will help http://www.gaitedhorses.net/LeeZiegl..._GH.html...any of these ring a bell?
    01-11-2011, 01:25 PM
Originally Posted by kstinson    
Hi there, I am not all that well versed in fox trotters, but maybe this site will help http://www.gaitedhorses.net/LeeZiegl..._GH.html...any of these ring a bell?

Thank you kstinson. I've been there before and read through it, but I don't recall anything with the hind end swinging side to side and the front end more or less walking/trotting. I should go and re-read it though, I might have missed something.

I really don't think my horse is doing any kind of "real" gait, but I just thought I would ask because everything she does is new and intriguing to me!

I know no one can say for sure without video, but until my riding partner comes back up here I have no one to video me. But I still thought it would be fun to ask in case anyone said "oh that sounds like XYZ." Then I could look up videos of XYZ or something.
    01-11-2011, 01:29 PM
Oh for sure...the only thing I can relate to is the cantering...where she is cantering. My girl does that because she hasnt quite figured out how to balance all of her weight and move freely with it in the canter. She step-paces when run walking gets too fast...I thought maybe in some way it is related, but I'm just not familiar enough with the trotters to go more in depth.

I'll see if I can find anything though!
    01-11-2011, 01:38 PM
Also I was reading up on foxtrotters...this website goes a bit into their gaits...she could still be pacing in the back end while walking in the front...have someone look at her tail and see if it is going side to side while walking because it says ehre that it should be still
Missouri Fox Trotting Horse

Anyways this has some good infor on it that may be useful.
    01-11-2011, 01:58 PM
That is a GREAT article. I skimmed through it briefly, but bookmarked it so I can go back and digest it better.

What's cool is that is discusses variations of the various gaits. It even discusses a walk being pacey, which might be what my girl is doing.

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