07-03-2007, 11:55 PM
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If this is being asked of you in the hack ring, the main thing a judge is looking for when they ask for a strong gait is that your horse has the inclination to go forward in a controlled manner, they are not neccesarilly asking for an extended pace, if you can show this then great.
It's more for if they have young/inexperienced horses in the line up and instead of defining that they want an extension, which most youngsters are unable to complete successfully, they will ask for a strong trot/canter to encourage the horse. Kind of like pre-training for extensions