Gaited or just too fast? o.o
If this horse isn't gaited, then he has issues.
I got 2 horses from the amish.. well, ponies.. 75$ for both.. They showed up at my doorstep at 8 AM without notice.. >.> But anyway, the bay 11hh pony, 2 year old, trots extremely fast, unknown breed. Could he be doing the tolt?
No way to know without video of the foot falls.
Ponies can trot fast. The tolt is fast, smooth & has a specific foot fall that is different than the trot.
Yeah, I know about the tolt, I'm just still unsure. I'd get a video, but I won't have anyone around who can ride him (He's only 11hh.) until sat./sun. And is your horse, Willie, a Haflinger? :D
Is he bay? He might be a Hackney. Hackneys are speed trotting demons, and I have known many Amish to have hackneys.
Lady, yes, he's bay. Do you know the average height for Hackneys? And also, his companion -- Well, 13hh Pinto stallion, same age, 2, came with him, so I dont know if they are the same breed or anything.. But chances are they are from different auctions.
About all I know about are the little show ponies (which can be seen here http://www.hackneysociety.com/index.htm. they don't all look like that). They can be up to 14.2. There is a division that calls for them to be no taller than 12.2. So yes they can be little.
I can't wait to see a picture of your ponies.
My computer isn't so well with pictures, so until I can get ahold of my cousin's computer, I won't have any posted. ): Thank you for your help!
Yup - Willie is a haffie. :) Its more likely that your guy is doing a fast trot than a tolt, but if you do get video or even several still photos I would love to see them.
I'm getting a video soon, :) And awesome! Do you jump him?
When he does the gait what are the hoof beats like?
If he's tölting you'll hear an even but fast four beet rythim, bit like a tikka-tikka-tikka-tikka-tikka and his tail will probably get a wave in it from how he moves when doing the gait.
Trot is a two beat gait so you'll hear a clip clop type rythm.
So yeah from a rythm point of view:
Tölt: one and two and three and four and...
Trot: one two one two one two
Tölt is also a very smooth gait. Additionally while there can be 11h Icelandic horses/ponies, they small ones are pretty rare and they are usually between 12.2 to 14.2 hands with the ones around 13-14 hands most common.
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