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post #1 of 12 Old 09-14-2009, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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How to explain a gallop

Hi!

I'm from Austria, thus German.
I'm preparing for a presentation on western riding in English at the moment.
Unfortunately it's a bit too difficult for me to define the gallop best.

Would you have any suggestions for me? How to describe the gallop in english (left hand, right hand) ?

It would be a great help for me!

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post #2 of 12 Old 09-14-2009, 02:26 PM
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its the fastest pace.
it has 4 beats.
there is a moment when all 4 legs of the horse are off the ground.

i cant think of anything else to say at the moment but il think about it and get back to you!
good luck in your presentation

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Flying without wings...Lol!

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@ xLaurenOscarx

Hey, thanks for your reply. To prepare for the presentation is by far tougher than I thought

Do you think, this would be a good definition? I'm not that sure. For me it sounds a bit wrong. Could you take a short look at it? That would be really nice

"A gallop can be performed in two different ways: either on the left hand or on the right hand. Generally both vary in the position of the horse’s legs while galloping. In case of a left foreleg being the most extended, thus leading, it is usually referred to as a left gallop. The same applies to the right gallop, albeit with the right foreleg. "

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Yeah Add A Bit More In Though

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Thx
Actually it's more about flying changes but I suppose my teacher doesn't know much about a gallop. That'S why
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"A gallop can be performed in two different ways: either on the left hand or on the right hand. Generally both vary in the position of the horse’s legs while galloping. In case of a left foreleg being the most extended, thus leading, it is usually referred to as a left gallop. The same applies to the right gallop, albeit with the right foreleg. "
You could use this same description to explain the canter/lope. You may want to include the points that Lauren made (4 beats, fastest pace, moment of suspension) to differentiate it from the canter/lope.

I never really realized that the gallop was performed on the left/right lead (and had possible flying changes). Do race horses always gallop on their left lead? You'd think they'd build off-balance muscles that way!

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Thanks for your advice.

No, that's not the point. What I meant was that there's the left lead and the right lead. My teacher is not a riding expert.

Hm, yeah, you're right. I could change it into the lope. Maybe this would be better.
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I never really realized that the gallop was performed on the left/right lead (and had possible flying changes). Do race horses always gallop on their left lead? You'd think they'd build off-balance muscles that way!
Nope, race horses usually run on the left lead during the turns and the right lead on the stretches (straight parts). If a horse stays in one lead for too long, then their muscles that they use to extend the lead leg get tired and their pace slows.

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