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post #1 of 10 Old 12-23-2012, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Exaggerated gait at the walk

I'm not sure if this is the correct place to post this...so I apologize if I'm in the wrong area.

I took my green mare out on a trail ride today for the second time. This time she faced more scary obstacles and it was longer than her first. On the way back, when she actually walked at a quicker pace....it seems that her walk is soooooooo rough. My hips and body are swinging all over the place because the movement in her hind end seems so exaggerated.

I am wondering if this is just the way some horses move? Are there certain horses built to ust move that way? Her jog is extremely smooth to sit, but her walk....when she picks up the pace, is extremely the opposite.
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post #2 of 10 Old 12-23-2012, 11:28 PM
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Don't let her rush back to the barn. It's a very bad idea because then she may get it into her head to bolt back to the "safety" of the barn. Could lead to disrespect issues and accidents.

But yes, a faster walk is normally more rough than a slower walk

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I slowed her down on the way back, but it was just very interesting when she would do it how much sway she had.
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A bigger swing of the hips=more sway and body movement. It is interesting though isn't it? If horses get excited they tend to exaggerate movements so that may be what she was doing.

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I doubt there is a real connection, but.... my mare is slightly cow hocked, and her fast walk is the least smooth of any horse I have ever owned, all of which had very straight legs. Her walk isn't uncomfy to sit...there is just a lot of "swing" to it. I put her on hilly pasture as a filly which did seem to improve the leg angle a bit, and....there is, in fact, less "swing" to her fast walk.
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My TWH x Morgan does the running walk, albeit not as refined of a gait as I want it to be, and in this gait you sway more side to side. My friend who is an accomplished rider hopped on jazzy and couldn't believe how she felt to ride. She didn't like it, which stunned me, but I hear that either you love or hate gaited... Sorry to go off topic a little, but the post caught my eye... Jazz walks sooooo slow at the walk that I call her molasses, but she still has that bounce/swing in her. Thankfully I find it smooth and love that I don't have to post!!
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I doubt there is a real connection, but.... my mare is slightly cow hocked, and her fast walk is the least smooth of any horse I have ever owned, all of which had very straight legs. Her walk isn't uncomfy to sit...there is just a lot of "swing" to it. I put her on hilly pasture as a filly which did seem to improve the leg angle a bit, and....there is, in fact, less "swing" to her fast walk.
It's actually a little funny that you would say that because I've been dealing with some type of hind end thing going on with this mare since I got her a year ago. Now that I am putting her to work, I am feeling these new things come about. I've just never ridden a horse that the walk is the least comfy gait...lol. I guess it is just her. Adds to the ongoing mystery....
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My TWH x Morgan does the running walk, albeit not as refined of a gait as I want it to be, and in this gait you sway more side to side. My friend who is an accomplished rider hopped on jazzy and couldn't believe how she felt to ride. She didn't like it, which stunned me, but I hear that either you love or hate gaited... Sorry to go off topic a little, but the post caught my eye... Jazz walks sooooo slow at the walk that I call her molasses, but she still has that bounce/swing in her. Thankfully I find it smooth and love that I don't have to post!!
As Missymays comment, funny you should say something like this too. I've been dealing with her hind end issue since I've owned her. When this mare jogs it seems like she is almost gaited I'm told. Plus she crosses her legs in front of eachother. When she comes out of the jog to the walk, she sways her hips dramatically like she wasn't doing yesterday at a fast walk whille on the trail. Wow! I've never ridden a horse with such an exaggerated hip swing. I guess it's just her.
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Along with the other posters who mentioned this, my Lacey girl also has a "running walk" that can get rough if she just goes into it. Luckily, at least in her case, if I really relax my hips and just let them swing with her (feels awkward at first!), I find it can be really comfortable. If I'm at all stiff though, oh boy. Ouchie-McOucherson.

The other thing that can help is to ask her to do it faster on a bit shorter rein - that generally smoothes it out.

But yeah, bottom line, I've ridden QHs directly after riding Lacey and it's always an adjustment. "Real horses don't move like THAT? What?? I forgot!"
Her smoothest gait is her canter but you know, now that I'm really comfortable with her walk, I think it's super fun! It's like a theme park ride, sans theme park.
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Along with the other posters who mentioned this, my Lacey girl also has a "running walk" that can get rough if she just goes into it. Luckily, at least in her case, if I really relax my hips and just let them swing with her (feels awkward at first!), I find it can be really comfortable. If I'm at all stiff though, oh boy. Ouchie-McOucherson.

The other thing that can help is to ask her to do it faster on a bit shorter rein - that generally smoothes it out.

But yeah, bottom line, I've ridden QHs directly after riding Lacey and it's always an adjustment. "Real horses don't move like THAT? What?? I forgot!"
Her smoothest gait is her canter but you know, now that I'm really comfortable with her walk, I think it's super fun! It's like a theme park ride, sans theme park.
I will definitely keep that in mind on our next ride! Maybe even try to get a video....lol. I haven't tried cantering her yet, because I want to be sure she gets a lot of experience carrying me with her noodle legs. She has gotten much better/stronger than when I first started riding her. But even her canter without a rider is wierd sometimes where she trips over herself or throws her hip out like she is yielding her haunches while cantering. I'm not sure yet if she maybe didn't have an injury as a foal or if it's just her etc. But when she does hold her body correctly without fumbling, her canter looks quite smooth. Her trot has been mysterious. She really jogs, but trying to get her more forward is challenging. I can only sit her jog, there is no posting it, at least at this point. So, I'm just going with what I got, for now, taking it slow with her.
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