One of the differences is the difference in feed. The public sees TBs on track and they see these horses that are prancing and dancing and sidestepping...of course they are..they are pumped up on high test feed that is like feeding rocket fuel. When they come off that type of feed, their true gaits come out.
Sure, we need to ge them to understand they are no longer in competition and my boy does feed off of other horses cantering around andhe does remember his track days as when the dressagepanels are set up in our outdoor arena, it makes the arena look like a racing oval, but, other than popping into an easy canter coming around the corner occasionally, he doesn't get fast.
Most love to canter..for them it is a most natural gait and believe it or not, relaxing for them.
It does make the heart glow though doesn't it?
Last edited by tlkng1; 04-22-2012 at 04:14 PM.