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    05-07-2012, 06:13 PM
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Weanling
smooth horses question?

I never know how to word what i'm asking.. LOL So this is what i'm asking:

I have a nice TB, she is SOOOO smooth in all of her movement, and then I have a shorter QH and honestly, none of his gates are very comfortable. He's just sort of... choppy What causes this in horses? Is it long legs? Long pasterns for a smooth going? Thanks :] Pictures would be nice to show differences
     
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    05-07-2012, 06:16 PM
  #2
Weanling
Part of the reason is whether they are rounding their back and engaging their hind quarters. I will let the experts on here talk more about what causes it, but I do know that much
     
    05-07-2012, 06:20 PM
  #3
Weanling
Straight shoulders will cause a choppy gait, and as said above, how they carry themselves will make a big difference.
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    05-07-2012, 06:24 PM
  #4
Trained
There can be many reasons. Certainly a straighter shoulder, longer back and shorter legs, and physical shape are all reasons for a choppier gait. Watch your TB and you QH walk in the arena, especially after it's been raked. Better yet, rake it yourself and take a video. When a horse's back foot hits on or in front of the hoofprint from the front foot, it is easier for them to track and be a smoother ride. If the back foot does not reach the hoofprint of the front foot, again, at the walk, it is very difficult to collect and get a smooth ride from that horse. The horse is still usable and rideable, just limited as far as a smooth ride goes. =D
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    05-07-2012, 06:34 PM
  #5
Weanling
Thanks yall! Keep the opinions/facts coming.
     
    05-07-2012, 06:37 PM
  #6
Weanling


A picture to help determine what type of shoulder your horse has :) Ya know, I just learn so much on here. It's great!!
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    05-08-2012, 12:54 PM
  #7
Showing
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Originally Posted by DressageDreamer    
Part of the reason is whether they are rounding their back and engaging their hind quarters.
Very much agree. Plus how balanced the horse is. My qh is smooth overall (although has a shorter gate), my paint was like riding the hammer. After a year of lessons and proper training/riding (when she got the balance and all in place) her gaits are to die for - wider and smoother than those of my qh, especially the canter.
     
    05-08-2012, 03:32 PM
  #8
Weanling
Wow. What a great question. And thanks to those of you who answered so clearly.
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    05-08-2012, 06:27 PM
  #9
Yearling
I believe it is mostly shoulder angle that makes the difference. None of the school horses I used to ride had a clue what "rounding" was but some were still much bouncier than others!
     
    05-10-2012, 09:08 PM
  #10
Weanling
Thanks everyone so much! So i'm taking it, a big part of the deal is shoulder..
     

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