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    07-03-2007, 05:47 PM

What is the difference between a)Normal Trot to Strong trot or Extended Trot, b)Normal Canter to Strong Canter or Extended Canter?
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    07-03-2007, 10:18 PM
By strong canter/trot do you mean a medium trot/canter?

A normal or working trot/ canter is your normal regular pace- tempo, rhthm etc.

A strong or medium trot/canter is a slight increase in speed with a small amount of lengthen in the stride.

An extended trot/canter is where the horses strides extend / lengthen but its speed and tempo etc stay the same

This is the best way I coukld explain at the moment (sorry if it's not much good)
    07-03-2007, 10:55 PM
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

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