Does anyone here think of gaits as walk, jog, trot, lope, canter, gallop? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 11-04-2010, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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Does anyone here think of gaits as walk, jog, trot, lope, canter, gallop?

Do you tink there is a difference?

when ever im riding i always go through walk jog trot lope canter gallop?

i live in the UK and ride western and english but weather im on a western or english horse i always think of six gaits i have rather than 4?

and i notice big differences, i had a QH who was trained western and the first time i rode him (first time i rode a western horse and first time he d been ridden in 5 years) even though he had english tack and stuff i was amazed with him there was clear walk jog trot and lope, i loved his lope its what made me learn to ride western, hes gone now though =(.

but ive also experianced english horses whom have 6 gaits without colecting them back from trot or canter, not many though,
but some anyone else find this?

and how do you train them to jog or lope with out pulling their mouths to peices? (as i see people do over here) ...

english horses compared to western seemed untrained after i started riding harmen ..

guys how do you do it? lol
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post #2 of 5 Old 11-04-2010, 07:21 PM
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Trot and jog are the same gait, canter and lope are the same gait. Trot/canter are English, Jog/Lope are western. They have the same beats, as lope/canter has three and trot/jog has two, but they differ in their tempos. It depends on how the horse is trained when determining which specific gaits it performs. Every horse can do both types, but they are usually more comfortable doing one or the other, usually the one they're trained to do.
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i know theyre the sam beat, i was just wondering if anyone else seperaes them in their mind?

its hard to explain but this horse was like 'nudge' walk 'nudge' slow high paced jog 'nudge' nice trot 'nudge' beautiful round lope 'nudge' english canter

like it was set into his mind.

i just wanted to see if anyone else seperates them a little, gait tempo whatever they certainly feel different.
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At first I was going to tell you that you're crazy because they're terms for the same thing but when you really think about it they do have slightly different speeds in my opinion.

When you look at a true western jog and a trot there is a real speed and comfort difference there. Some show WP jogs are TOO SLOW but the nicer ones are slower then a trot (and hard as heck to post).

Lope and canter is less of a difference for me, sometimes lope conjures images of a slower gait (again NOT WP, that's too extreme for me) but more of a slow circle you'd see a reiner do.
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post #5 of 5 Old 11-05-2010, 07:22 PM
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I definitely differentiate them in that way. Western jog/lope as seen in WP rings has no suspension, which, IMO, makes it a very different gait than trot/canter.
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