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post #31 of 36 Old 09-19-2011, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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I think sometimes we are in "awe" of stupid people.

Titan, you're right. It looks like something is going through his muzzle.

The bottom line is, there is stupidity going on in the horseworld. Whether it is speed racking on pavement or doing a piaffe on cement, tied to crossties to music for almost two minutes. Who knows how long he was going before the music/video started. Amazingly, the horses just do it and put up with the stupidity.
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post #32 of 36 Old 09-19-2011, 11:44 PM
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Poor thing...wish I could trace this and hunt them down and ...oh sorry, But I swear if I saw this...grrrrrr!!! Well, this Gal has to hit the hay..lots of riding to do tomorrow..and I will be looking out for "stupid people with horses" tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day, and the next....So, if you are out there, beware!
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I read somewhere that in the "olden" days in Europe, like 600 years ago, most of the horse people rode were gaited. It was the "norm". I wonder if that is so.

Anyone know their history?
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Well, actually the mounts were heavier or smaller than our "standard horses"..Percherons and other med-sized drafts were used for mounted warriors or well off pepople would ride what we consider the Lippizan today, while larger ponies were used for ladies and everyday riding..mostly the larger drafts were used for plow, getting fields tilled, and riding to and fro...the arabian came along to Eurpeans and in there and started the refining of many of todays breeds.
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post #35 of 36 Old 09-20-2011, 02:03 AM
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(Define natural) Ponyboy

How I would define natural is this.
Watch a herd of horses in the wild, and what the majority do in their play when escaping from a threat, general movments, that come easy thats what I would call natural.

The other gaits being described I have no experence of, hence my origional response. So, if at the end of this I understand some more thats great.

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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
I read somewhere that in the "olden" days in Europe, like 600 years ago, most of the horse people rode were gaited. It was the "norm". I wonder if that is so.

Anyone know their history?

I know that in medieval times some horses were called "coursers." To course means to chase or run - If all horses moved the same, there wouldn't have been a need to identify some horses by the way they ran, which would indicate that some horses were gaited. (Coursers were the non-gaited horses). The horses the nobility used to travel were called palfreys, and the general belief is that palfreys were gaited.
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