Is it possible to be fully collected at the foxtrot?
In case you don't know, the foxtrot has the same footfalls as the trot - except the front leg in the diagonal pair hits the ground slightly before the hind leg.
Will the head start on the front end keep the hind end from working underneath the horse?
If you successfully get the hind end underneath the horse, will it cause it to catch up with the front end, turning the gait into a regular trot? Or should they stay the same? I want to know about the mechanics here.
Here's a video of my mare foxtrotting:
And another question - To the untrained eye, does a foxtrotting horse look like a trotting horse that's realllllly heavy on the forehand? Especially in pictures, because it looks like they're taking a huge stride in front and a short stride in back? Is that true at all, or is it obvious that they're doing some kind of gait, even if you don't know what it is?
(the middle photo in the top row is VERY close to a regular trot)
Sorry... I went overboard with the pictures, haha.
Thanks for reading!