Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
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Just like any other breed, how rough the gait is, can depend somewhat on the horse him or herself.
Trailhorserider-- Race trained Standardbreds normally only have a pace or trot. Pacers however will do a little shuffle to go back and forth from pace to trot to pace, but it is only a few steps...just enough to get them to the other gait. If they are shuffling back and forth, I know I need to pick up the speed just a tiny bit, and then they will normally stay at one or the other *most* of the time.
Really, unless they are in hobbles, they will shuffle back and forth as they please. It is actually good for pacers to trot, as it helps develop muscles differently then at the pace. Some horses won't pace without hobbles, and some can race "free-legged".
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