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  • What does hard feet mean in horse terms

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    06-27-2008, 11:24 AM
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    06-27-2008, 01:11 PM
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Started
This is great for us non-native english speakers too !
This is a great idea !
     
    06-27-2008, 01:16 PM
  #13
Showing
Awesome idea, & yay for stickys!!
     
    06-27-2008, 02:45 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Hoooray!!! Lol

Alright, so what does it mean when a horse is gaited?
     
    06-27-2008, 02:58 PM
  #15
Showing
It basicly means they don't trot. Although there are some that do but its not acceptable for breed standards. Instead they do a 4 beat rack where one foot is on the ground at all times.
Naturally gaited horses pop out of their mommys gaiting. So they can do it from birth.
These gaits are the stepping pace, the rack, the running walk, single-foot, and the fox-trot. Depending on the breed of horse some of those are acceptable some aren't for example the Fox trot is not an acceptable gait for a Rocky Mountain horse.
Then you get into the Paso horses and they have different names for the gaits. The paso llano and sobreandando if I remember right.
Gaited horses can do all the other gaits a regular horse can do trot canter etc, they just have some extra gears, and the trot when they do break gait and go into one (not a good thing) its still pretty smooth.
When I have Vida on a dirt road and I can hear her foot falls, its a 1 2 3 4 each foot fall very distinctive rather than the usual 1 2 1 2 that you hear with a non gaited horse
Hope this makes sense :)
     
    06-27-2008, 10:24 PM
  #16
Weanling
I kinda have a stupid question...lol whats the difference between sorrell and chestnut? The only difference I have picked up in the horses I have seen is the horses deemed sorrell tend to have little white specks on them, but look chestnut all together.
     
    06-27-2008, 10:40 PM
  #17
Started
I wondered this before too. Sorrels have manes and tails that are of a lighter colour than their bodies (almost yellowish). Sorrel isn't as rich and reddy as a chestnut. It's more orangey-brown or light brown.

Correct me if I'm wrong. :P
     
    06-27-2008, 11:23 PM
  #18
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Originally Posted by Vidaloco
It basicly means they don't trot. Although there are some that do but its not acceptable for breed standards. Instead they do a 4 beat rack where one foot is on the ground at all times.
Naturally gaited horses pop out of their mommys gaiting. So they can do it from birth.
These gaits are the stepping pace, the rack, the running walk, single-foot, and the fox-trot. Depending on the breed of horse some of those are acceptable some aren't for example the Fox trot is not an acceptable gait for a Rocky Mountain horse.
Then you get into the Paso horses and they have different names for the gaits. The paso llano and sobreandando if I remember right.
Gaited horses can do all the other gaits a regular horse can do trot canter etc, they just have some extra gears, and the trot when they do break gait and go into one (not a good thing) its still pretty smooth.
When I have Vida on a dirt road and I can hear her foot falls, its a 1 2 3 4 each foot fall very distinctive rather than the usual 1 2 1 2 that you hear with a non gaited horse
Hope this makes sense :)
hmm.. just wondering, it is not acceptable for gaited horses to trot over there ? Here we work our horses on trot to ! We want our horses to be 4 or even better five gaited, not just lose the trot !
     
    06-28-2008, 08:03 AM
  #19
Foal
Howdy! Siss.. Love your horses..I think when Vida talks about not troting she refers to the show ring or breeders that frown on any troting or pacing, These breaders are mainly concerned with the signature gait of the breed and sometimes overlook the other traits that the paticular breed offers. In peruvian paso's for example the horses used to be know for hard feet, strong for the size, and big lungs for long trips up and down the andies mountain ranges. They were used by the common folk for farming and more closely resembled the Mountain horses of eastern Ketucky, but over the years the rich breeders were only concerned with the gait breeding more animated and flashy horses and over time they have lost some of the traits they were famous for, They are slighter in frame, smaller footed, and the endurance just isnt there any more. But man can they gait..I hope the Rocky Mountain Breeders take a lesson from this. They are all to obessed with breeding for the silver dapple color and a smoother gait when the true beauty of the breed is the temperment, strength, and good sound feet. Vida and I both walk, trot, and canter our Rockies as well as gait them. This devlopes all the horses muscle groups and will give you a much sounder animal. Don West used to breed only peruvian paso horses but started crossing them to Mountain horses to try to give them back more size, strength and better temperment. I think that is the biggest myth busted about the gaited horse, they trot and gallop as good as any breed if not better. Also my sassyfras is as cowy as any quarter horse I have been around she loves to push them cows.
     
    06-28-2008, 12:02 PM
  #20
Started
Thanks for clearing that up barbarosa ! :)
Im not so familier with all of this so I love when people can take the time and write detailed answers like that :)
Your horses are beautiful too !
     

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