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post #1 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Can I train this myself?

I have a mare that I use for western pleasure. She is a big, black quarter horse. She lopes nice, but I want her to four beat. Can I train her to four beat myself or will I have to pay and take her somewhere and have someone else train her to do it?

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post #2 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 04:26 PM
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Can I ask, is there any particular reason that you want her to do that? It isn't a natural motion for QHs and is hard on their bodies to keep it up for any length of time at all. Not to mention that it will get you unplaced in most shows.

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post #3 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 04:26 PM
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why oh why on earth would you want her to four beat?!?!
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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Can I ask, is there any particular reason that you want her to do that? It isn't a natural motion for QHs and is hard on their bodies to keep it up for any length of time at all. Not to mention that it will get you unplaced in most shows.
Really? I didn't know it was unnatural. She does it herself half the time and that's why I was thinking if there was a que to do it, then she would be consistant in her gaits. (She's a lazy girl). All the shows I've been to have not disqualified four beating horses...

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post #5 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 04:40 PM
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Not disqualified that I know of, but you certainly won't place on a 4-beater unless the judge is completely incompetent. One of the reasons why it is so hard on them is because if they are 4-beating, then they don't have enough impulsion to use their bodies correctly and will be landing on the forehand. That will put added stress on shoulders and knees and could cause early onset arthritis.

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Not disqualified that I know of, but you certainly won't place on a 4-beater unless the judge is completely incompetent. One of the reasons why it is so hard on them is because if they are 4-beating, then they don't have enough impulsion to use their bodies correctly and will be landing on the forehand. That will put added stress on shoulders and knees and could cause early onset arthritis.
I see. Thank you for the free information . I will now then, have to train her out of doing it. I think it's a part of her laziness when I try bringing her into a lope. She will 4 beat sometimes.

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post #7 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 04:46 PM
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Hey, that's what we're here for, to help where we can.

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post #8 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 05:28 PM
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Sorry for the dumb question, but what IS 4 beat?
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post #9 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 05:37 PM
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It's that really wonky lope that some WP horses do. Where the middle beat that is supposed to be 2 hooves hitting at the same time gets slowed down and strung out so far that they hit at separate times. I have never been able to find a really good video that shows it well.

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post #10 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 05:43 PM
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A 4beat is either a horse trottign in the front end while cantering in the hind end or trotting in the hind end while loping in the front. Complete lack of forward motion and collection.
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